Leicestershire Police have launched a major rape awareness campaign to encourage victims to come forward sooner and report serious sexual assault.

All Is Not Lost, which has been classified an 18 certificate by the British Board of Film Classification, depicts a fictional rape case which begins with a woman fighting off her attacker who is then sent to prison.

The dramatisation then portrays the hours that follow the assault, showing the woman washing wine glasses and deleting text messages.

As she continues to clean up, the perpetrator’s cell door opens, and he moves closer to her house until eventually he is stood behind her.

The second half of the video shows her changing her mind and she decides not to remove the evidence, which results in the attacker being sent back to prison.

The video states: “Nearly half of all rapes are committed by members of the same family.

Don’t wash. Preserve all available evidence. Contact the Police as soon as possible.

Even if you were attacked a long time ago, all may not be lost.”

The video aims to raise awareness of rape, with focus on serious sexual assault cases in a domestic environment. According to Leicestershire Police, about 50% of all reported rapes relate to “domestic relationships”.

All Is Not Lost also aims to encourage victims to report crimes earlier on and to retain evidence to increase the amount of successful prosecutions. The Crime Survey of England and Wales estimated that only 20% of rapes are being reported in Leicestershire (2016 figures).

The film is produced by Affixxius Films, the same creators of Kayleigh’s Love Story which depicted the harrowing murder of 15-year-old Kayleigh Haywood who was groomed online.

A second film as part of the campaign is to be released at a later date, again produced by Affixxius Films.

Both films were shot on location in Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire this year, with a cast of more than 12 professional actors.

The campaign has been developed by the Force’s Communications and Engagement Directorate in liaison with victims, staff in the force and in partner agencies.

Assistant Chief Constable Julia Debenham, who is leading the campaign, said: “I hope this campaign sparks debate about all the various issues it raises. I hope it empowers victims, and enables us and our CPS colleagues to help them to get justice.

I also hope that it will make the public think twice about their own views, assumptions, and possibly unconscious prejudices.”

Miles Latham, Managing Partner of Affixxius Films, said: “On a creative and strategic level, it has been our role to ensure that the immensely powerful messaging behind this campaign is realised to its fullest through film.

The Affixxius Films team, along with our superb cast, have looked to sensitively but unapologetically meet this need head-on. As such, the films are a visceral, hard-to-watch journey where the plight and circumstances of the main protagonists leave an indelible mark on the audience.

Above all, we hope these films provoke conversation, debate and reflection on a hugely important topic in the modern world.”

Earlier this year, universities and colleges (including the University of Leicester) received £2.45 million to tackle sexual violence and harassment on campus.

The first video from the All Is Not Lost campaign is available to watch here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3kJ0pxKz_A

Support for victims:

  • The University of Leicester Drop in ‘Choices’ Sexual Health Clinic: The clinic is in First Aid Room in the S.U. (Percy Gee Building) adjacent to The Green Room. It is open Tuesdays during term time between 10.30am and 1.30pm.
  • Find your nearest Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) here: nhs.uk/Service-Search/Rape-and-sexual-assault-referral-centres/LocationSearch/364
  • The Rape Crisis national freephone helpline on 0808 802 9999
  • The free, 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247
  • NHS 111
  • The Police, or dial 101 
  • In an emergency, dial 999
  • A doctor or nurse at your GP surgery 

Brad Harper

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