What is a sexual offence

There are a numerous Sexual Offences for which an offender can be investigated. The vast majority of those offences are committed without a complainant’s consent, where the activity of the offender is deemed to be sexual and the purpose of the offender’s activity is to obtain sexual gratification. There are number of offences in which consent is irrelevant, these being offences against a child under the age of 13 years or a vulnerable adult.

If someone has had sexual contact with you without your consent it is likely that you are the victim of a sexual offence which is punishable by law under the Sexual Offences and Obscene Publications Act 2021 or The Sexual Offences Act 1992 if the offence reported was committed prior to 25 March 2024.

Some people worry that their lifestyle will make the police reluctant to take their complaint seriously. This is not true.

The Isle of Man Constabulary is committed to protecting people from any form of sexual offence whoever they are, whatever they have done and whatever lifestyle they follow. Everyone has the right to expect the protection of the law.

Our officers are specially trained to help you and investigate your case whatever the circumstances may be, for instance:

  • The assault happened a long time ago.
  • You know the person who did it to you.
  • The person is your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife or a family member.
  • You were drunk or were under the influence of drugs at the time of the assault.
  • You are not a British Citizen.

We can help whoever you are, whatever your gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.