What is Anonymous Sexual Assault Reporting?
It is estimated that only 16 percent of all rape victims report their crime to the police. In an attempt to make it easier for the victims of sexual assault to report these offenses, and at the same time expand the Lincoln Police Department's database concerning these crimes, an anonymous reporting system has been created.
How Does it Work?
The Lincoln Police Department has developed a form on our web site to allow a victim to complete and submit the anonymous report on-line.
If the crime took place within the last 72 hours there may be physical evidence on the victim's body or clothing that could be critical should the victim later decide to pursue prosecution. This evidence can be collected at any Lincoln area hospital. The examination reports will only be made available for prosecution if the victim signs a release of information form.
The Lincoln Police Department has an excellent working relationship with the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Department, so if the incident a caller is reporting occurred on campus or outside the city, we will forward the report to the appropriate agency. Those agencies support this effort.
Will I Remain Anonymous?
Victims should be assured that we will protect their desire to remain confidential. These reports will be filed in our Crime Analysis Unit and will not be made a part of a case file in records unless the victim later decides to come forward with an official report.
Who Else Can I Call For Assistance?
Voices of Hope is another anonymous reporting site and victims may wish to make contact there or call the center at (402) 475-7273, to make a report. Voices of Hope advocates will go to the Lincoln Police Department's online anonymous reporting site and assist the victim in completing the questionnaire.
Online Anonymous Sexual Assault Report Form