AS reported earlier, Harlow MP Robert Halfon was granted a Westminster Hall debate in the House of Commons on rape trials and the Crown Prosecution Service’s treatment of victims after being contacted by a constituent.
As there was a number of criticisms regarding the investigative process, we invited Essex Police to make a statement.
Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Worron, Head of Crime and Public Protection at Essex Police, said: “Investigations into sexual offences are complex, and, sadly, due to the nature of the offence, often very intrusive.
“When victims are already suffering the trauma of an assault, and feel violated, we try to make the challenging experiences of investigation and prosecution as bearable as possible.
“Our specially trained officers work with the Essex specialist sexual violence and abuse partner organisations (SYNERGY Essex) to ensure that a victim’s experience throughout this time period is handled as sensitively, and with as much dignity, as possible. We balance this with making absolutely every endeavour to secure justice for them. In the case of this victim, I am pleased that we were able to bring her attacker to justice.
“We understand that reporting a sexual offence is an incredibly difficult and brave thing to do, and we know that these offences are grossly underreported. We want
to help and support you and, if you have been a victim of these offences, would encourage you to call us on 101 or 999 in an emergency.”
“You can also visit the Essex Rape Crisis Partnership’s website at www.synergyessex.org.uk for advice or call their confidential phone line on 0300 003 7777.”
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