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Sorry this happened to you.
What would you like to know about it?
Yes, you certainly can still call the police. People come forward years later so this will be no issue.
one of the issues with sexual offences is the absence of evidence. It is to do with the type of crime that it is. It isn't for you to worry about though. The police have the task of evidence gathering not you. All you can do is make your report and give them anything they seek.
As to the issue of defamation, the short answer is that it is a risk. It is not especially likely as it is expensive but we can't hide from the risk. if that does happen though you would have the defence of arguing that the allegation is true.
I doubt it would come to a defamation action. That does happen on occasions but really not commonly at all. I wouldn't let that deter you.
Can I clarify anything for you?
No, just go into your local station.
You shouldn't have to contact other women. Apart from anything else you dont know who they are.
That is for the police.
I'm afraid that it is very slow sometimes. There is no way around that sadly.
Yes, it is possible that the prosecution/investigation would fail. That isn't really a reason not to complain though.
Honestly, all you need to do is tell the truth.
The police will do everything else.