Time to Stop, say police
SUFFOLK and Norfolk police have launched a campaign to raise awareness of rape and sexual violence in the counties, particularly among young men and women aged 17 to 24.
Increases in reported serious sexual offences in Norfolk and Suffolk year on year since 2009 reflect a nationwide trend. Rape accounts for 40 per cent of all reported cases.
The campaign, Time to Stop, will run through summer and into next year, during which adverts will be played on local radio stations, posters will be put up in bars and nightclubs, and officers from both police forces will distribute postcards highlighting key facts about personal safety to party goers.
“Reducing incidents of serious sexual violence and bringing offenders to justice are priority issues for police in both Norfolk and Suffolk,” said Assistant Chief Constable Charlie Hall, who leads Protective Services in Norfolk and Suffolk.
“Rape remains a hugely under-reported crime. In launching this campaign, we aim not only to reduce the number of people affected but also to fill those who have been assaulted with the confidence to come forward to the police, or to other specialist services locally.”
Figures show only around 11 per cent of victims report rape to police.
A film telling the stories of three victims and how they were supported by the Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) can be seen via www.suffolk.police.uk/lookwhatyoudid
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