The Unspeakable Crime: Rape on BBC One
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 The Unspeakable Crime: Rape.
The one hour film documents the work of our dedicated team
of doctors, crisis workers and counsellors. 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 film 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.
For our team, 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."