TV story ‘may help many others’ - The Worcester Observer

TV story ‘may help many others’

Rob George 3rd Mar, 2017   0

A SEXUAL assault referral centre (SARC) near Worcester hopes more people will be encouraged to seek help after a sexual assault following the return of hit ITV drama Broadchurch.

The first episode of the third series aired on Monday (February 27) and sees DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller, played by David Tennant and Olivia Colman, investigate a serious sexual assault.

The first part of the episode shows the officers accompanying the victim of the assault, Trish, played by Julie Hesmondhalgh, to a sexual assault referral centre like The Glade, which is based in Bransford, where victims of sexual offences are brought primarily for forensic medical examinations.

Hannah Taylor, manager of The Glade, said the episode realistically captured the fears held by many victims of a rape or sexual assault, and showed the importance of support services.

“Last night’s episode captured scenes that so many of our clients present with; the fear of not being believed and the shock and isolation following an assault,” she said.

In the episode, Trish is met by a crisis worker when she arrives at the SARC, who explains what Trish is there for and supports her through the medical examination.

“All clients attending The Glade are greeted and supported by a crisis worker from the minute they arrive to when they leave the centre.

“The episode evidenced how vital the crisis worker’s support can be for some clients – having that one person who is there to support you through the medical, hold your hand if needed and explain everything step by step,” Mrs Taylor said.

She praised the work carried out by The Shores SARC in Dorset, which worked closely with the producers of Broadchurch during the production and filming of this year’s series to ensure a realistic and informed portrayal of a SARC .

However, Mrs Taylor said she understood not everyone who has been a victim of a rape or sexual assault feels able to report to the police.

The Glade opened in November 2012 and since then has provided a self-referral option to people who are unsure about reporting to the police at both its sites in Bransford and Telford.

“Anyone choosing to self-refer to The Glade will get the same support through the medical examination, but their samples can be stored at The Glade, giving them time to think about their options,” she added.

“We want people to know that at The Glade they will be believed and that they don’t have to suffer in silence – there is help available.”

Call The Glade on 08081 782 058 for support.


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