I decided 2021 was the time to report my non recent abuse.
I was unsure if the police would investigate an almost 40 year old crime.
However, I was extremely lucky and had an excellent officer in charge of my case.
A year-long investigation led to 10 charges of indecent assault on a female under 14.
This went to trial in January 2023.
Unfortunately it was not guilty.
At the same time I have been studying for a degree in Social and Public Policy.
I’m using my voice in my dissertation to try and understand people’s attitudes to reporting sexual violence.
I faced my perpetrator in court, and I am not afraid to speak out.
By staying silent we keep their secrets.