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Support for Rape Survivors

We want to empower survivors of rape by providing support and information

Educational films on topics surrounding rape have been produced. The purpose of the films is to promote best practice, help with awareness raising and provide help and support to survivors of rape in the UK.

The following topics are:

Emotional Support


Mental health

Definitions of sexual offences

Victim’s Right to Review & Judicial Review

Victim’s Personal Statement

Who you’ll liaise with during your case

Alternative proceedings

Police behaviour misconduct

Forensic evidence


Personal Statement & anonymous third-party report

  • Approximately 85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped in England and Wales alone every year; that’s roughly 11 rapes (of adults alone) every hour.
  • These figures include assaults by penetration and attempts.
  • Nearly half a million adults in England and Wales are sexually assaulted each year
  • 1 in 5 women aged 16 – 59 has experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 16.
  • Only around 15% of those who experience sexual violence choose to report to the police.
  • Approximately 90% of those who are raped know the perpetrator prior to the offence.

Melissa’s Personal Experience

Statistics from Suffolk Constabulary’s 2016 performance progress report ranked them 42nd out of 43 forces in England and Wales in relation to unsolved “serious sexual crime” rates (whilst all sexual crime is of course “serious”, this is the legal terminology used by the Police and public authorities involved in the criminal justice system). This report showed that only 12.8% of cases had been solved.

In February 2017, their “solved crime” rate dropped to 12% and in September 2017 it went even further down to 9.4%. The latest report for February 2018 is 8.9%.

Only an extremely small percentage of cases get referred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Suffolk. That’s a lot of victims of serious sexual crime who are left without justice.

Unfortunately, Melissa found that there is no legal advice or support available in Ipswich or the whole of Suffolk, when she wanted to raise complaints and concerns about the way her case was being managed. Melissa is campaigning in favour of wider access to legal advice in her home county of Suffolk. (There are legal firm’s to support the perpetrator but not the victim).

Women – Rape & Sexual Abuse Helplines

Men – Rape & Sexual Abuse Helplines

Rape, Sexual Abuse & Personal Safety Abroad

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