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BBC One And Gold Star Productions Secures Unprecedented Access To Rape Centre

For the first time on British television, BBC One and Gold Star productions have gained unprecedented access to the St Mary's Centre in Manchester, the leading Sexual Assault Referral Centre, to produce a documentary entitled Raped (working/title).

 

RAPED (w/t) documents the work of this dedicated team of doctors, crisis workers and counsellors at the centre. Each year more than 1,200 women, men and children come to the centre to seek help be that a forensic and medical examination, psychological support or just practical assistance as a result of sexual violence.

 

As well as following the work of the team, the one-hour programme focuses on different aspects of the services available at St Mary's SARC which are shown through the personal stories of two women who have been raped: Juliet was attacked by a stranger on New Year's Eve, while Kellie had known and trusted her attacker for over a decade.

 

Rape is unlike any other crime. Often there are only two people present and if one person says it was rape and the other says it was consensual, the truth can be difficult to work out and impossible to prove. For the experts at St Mary's, it's not all about the conviction rate or the criminal justice process: rather they aim to give victims back their choice and control, regardless of their decision to take legal action. Through the experiences of victims, as well as the specialists at St Mary's, Greater Manchester Police's Serious Sexual Offences Unit and the Crown Prosecution Service, this film takes viewers through the process of reporting their rape to the Centre; from seeking medical, forensic and psychological support through to police investigation, support at court and access to counselling for as long as is required.

 

Clare Paterson, Commissioning Executive Producer, BBC said "It took real courage for the contributors to take part in this film and along with the police, the CPS and St Mary's, they offer an extraordinary and unique opportunity to understand the complexities of dealing with rape."

 

Blue Ryan, Producer and Director, Gold Star Productions said: "This film is a unique, sometimes shocking and hugely revealing perspective on rape in Britain today."

 

Dr Catherine White, Clinical Director at St Mary's SARC said: "Participating in this documentary is not a decision we have taken lightly.  By opening our doors, we wanted to encourage more people to seek the support St Mary's can offer if they have experienced sexual violence. We also want to try to dispel some of the myths and stereotypes that exist around sexual violence and give viewers the opportunity to see how a SARC service can help an individual recover from something so negative - regardless of their decision to make a report to the police."

 

Raped (w/t) (1x60) was commissioned by Charlotte Moore. The Executive Producer for the BBC is Clare Paterson and Emma Hindley is the Exec Producer for Gold Star Productions. The film was produced and directed by Sara Hardy & Blue Ryan of Gold Star Productions