Episode 5: "I didn't think I would be believed"
A warning that this podcast contains content some people may find upsetting, and may be considered only suitable for adults.
Often survivors of serious sexual offences worry they will not be believed. Here we speak to a woman who was initially concerned that would be the case, as she talks us through her experiences and what happened after she reported the offences.
We also discuss the process of reporting a sexual offence, speaking to Detective Inspector Amerjit Singh and Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) Manager, Rachel Matheson.
Listen to or read Episode 5
‘Cambs Cops: Our Stories’ is the force’s first true crime podcast series, providing an insight into policing in Cambridgeshire.
This podcast is available to watch and listen via the media player with subtitles included. A written transcript of the episode is also available via the link below.
Serious Sexual Assault information
The overall definition of sexual or indecent assault is an act of physical, psychological and emotional violation in the form of a sexual act, inflicted on someone without their consent. It can involve forcing or manipulating someone to witness or participate in any sexual acts.
Not all cases of sexual assault involve violence, cause physical injury or leave visible marks. Sexual assault can cause severe distress, emotional harm and injuries which can't be seen – all of which can take a long time to recover from. This is why we use the term 'assault', and treat reports just as seriously as those of violent, physical attacks.
If you have been a victim of rape or sexual assault, the key thing to understand is that it’s not your fault and there is no excuse for committing these types of offences.
Should you wish to contact us about a sexually related offence, your report will be taken seriously and a member of our dedicated team will guide you through this difficult time.
To report a rape or sexual assault please call 999 as soon as possible after the crime or if it is in an emergency.
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