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Website launched for victims of rape and sexual assault

HELP: Website launched for victims of rape and sexual assault

THE MET has launched a website that aims to outline the choices available to victims of rape and serious sexual assault.

Mydecision.co.uk, which was been created as a ‘step-by-step guide’ for anyone who has or knows someone who has, been a victim of sexually related crimes, opens after the force revealed that only one in five will go to the police and around 40 per cent of victims will choose not to report it.

As the internet has increasingly become part of many people’s everyday life, the met said that an online service was seen as “the most effective way to communicate with the public by providing answers to individuals’ questions and concerns in an anonymous, private and trusted environment”.

Detective Chief Superintendent, Mick Duthie, said: “We know that rape and serious sexual assault remains seriously under-reported which means that far too many people are suffering in silence. We are absolutely committed to changing this by equipping individuals with the knowledge and awareness of all the options available to them."

The site was produced following engagement with a number of charities and organisations who work closely with victims, which highlighted a number of barriers people may have to reporting, such as victims feeling they will not be believed, being confused about where to go for help, and feeling that they would lose control of the process once in the hands of police.

"Every case is different. I want to encourage victims to come forward regardless of the circumstances so they can receive the relevant care and support. Come forward and speak to us," Duthie added.

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