1 May 2017

Police release YouTube videos on reporting sexual assault

8:27 pm on 1 May 2017

Police are attempting to debunk myths around reporting sexual assault, using new online videos.

The 10 brief videos show step-by-step what victims can expect from the police, as well as defining consent and types of sexual assault.

Detective Superintendent Tim Anderson said there were many reasons why these crimes were under-reported and fear of the process was one of them.

Mr Anderson said, in the last five to 10 years, police had been working on building trust and confidence in the system.

He said victims were allowed to ask for a female officer and have someone with them, including a lawyer or victim support worker.

Mr Anderson said victims of sexual assault came from all walks of life and police would investigate both contemporary and historical cases.

The videos can be accessed via the police YouTube channel and the sexual assault section of their website.

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