Sexual assaults during 'chemsex'

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Reference: 
2015/3725
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What guidance does the Metropolitan Police Service issue to officers for dealing with victims of sexual assault who may have been engaging in 'chemsex' at the time of the incident?

Answer

Answer for Sexual assaults during 'chemsex'

Answer for Sexual assaults during 'chemsex'

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Use of illegal drugs constitutes a criminal offence. Notwithstanding this, the MPS provides every victim of rape or serious sexual assault with the support and care that they need without making any judgement about behaviour. Dedicated Sapphire teams receive specific training in victim care and sexual offences. Sapphire teams deal with men, women, girls and boys, who have been sexually assaulted, regardless of age or sexual orientation and victims can choose to be helped by either male and female officers.

MPS officers currently have guidance available to them 24/7 from toolkits for professionals via the 'Antedote' website.

Officers will also be receiving specific training through 'Professional Development Days' in the near future around chemsex. GALOP has provided an extensive input to staff at the Havens and officers on the MPS Sexual Offences Investigative Techniques course.