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DI David Shore-Nye

 

DI Shore-Nye has been a detective for over twelve years investigating and overseeing rape and serious sexual offences. He is the operational lead for rape investigations and heads up the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) team within Gloucestershire Constabulary.

 

RASSO’s mandate is to concentrate on improving investigations and prosecutions as well as improving the service to victims and focusing on prevention work through their awareness campaigns. The RASSO team is staffed by detectives, all of whom are highly skilled and fully experienced in dealing with rape and serious sexual offences. All detectives go through an accredited investigators programme where they learn to deal with sexual offences. The College of Policing are in the process of releasing a dedicated sexual offences investigator course and first responders to rape and serious sexual offences have specific training to assist them with that role around evidence collection and victim support.

Louse Williams

 

Louise is the Service Director for GRASAC – the Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre. GRASAC is an independent charity which provides free, confidential and non-judgemental support and information services to women and girls affected by any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives. Their support services include a helpline, email support service for women and girls, one to one ongoing support sessions either face to face or over the telephone, advocacy, information (for survivors, their friends, family, and agencies working with them), and referrals to other agencies and support services if required.

Telephone Helpline: 01452 526770

Email Support: support@glosrasac.org.uk

Office telephone: 01452 305421

 

Gill Parry

 

Gill is the manager of the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). SARCis based at Hope House, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. The SARC can help you to report any incident of sexual assault or rape to the police, but only if you wish to do so. All enquiries are treated confidentially and you are supported throughout the whole process.

Telephone: 01452 754390

                        0800 090 1234 (out of hours)

Live Blog Rape and Serious Sexual Offences webchat

Key points

There are a variety of different ways to report and all will get a response from the organisation,

The Police: 

  • Ringing 101 or 999 in an emergency
  • Via the Gloucestershire constabulary website.

 Anonymously 

  • Crimestoppers

 Charities and support services:

  •  Self-report (includes anonymous reporting) directly through the Sexual Assault referral centre at Hope House situated at Gloucester Royal Hospital, see the NHS Hope House Website.
  • Via one of the support agencies who can offer support when making a police complaint.

 What actually constitutes as rape or a serious sexual offence

Put simply it is someone having sex with you or penetrating you sexually when you do not consent and despite believing you are not consenting, they go on to do it anyway.

I would like to signpost the cup of tea/consent video on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGoWLWS4-kU

What is the Constabulary doing to prevent and safeguard?

The webchat is the start of a process we are bringing in to raise the profile of rape and serious sexual offences in Gloucestershire and improve education around consent.

We are doing research into rape and SSO to further guide and develop this preventative work.

We are dedicated to conducting professional investigations that lead to sex offenders being brought to justice so the public are protected from them.

How is Gloucestershire Constabulary going to deal with me as a victim?

Calling us:

All call handlers are trained to deal with a variety of calls which are received including sexual offences. Victims don't have to use the 101/999 service, they can also contact GRASAC or SARC both of which have trained and experience sexual violence staff.

Once I have reported:

The RASSO team is staffed by detectives, all of whom are highly skilled and fully experienced in dealing with rape and serious sexual offences. All detectives go through an accredited investigators programme where they learn to deal with sexual offences. The College of Policing are in the process of releasing a dedicated sexual offences investigator course and first responders to rape and serious sexual offences have specific training to assist them with that role around evidence collection and victim support.

Gloucestershire Constabulary recognises the severe harm caused by rape and serious sexual offences and the courage shown by victims when reporting to the police.

We are a victim focussed organisation and aim with our partners to provide a supportive service that is in the best interests of the victim. People can come to us for advice as well as to make formal reports and should victims choose the formal action we have a dedicated team of experienced detectives who specialise in the investigation of these crimes.

The Constabulary are one of the leading forces with the way we deal with cases. Current figures provided by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in relation to our performance around rape show: 

  • Gloucestershire has on average the highest conviction rate at 73.3% of the 43 Forces
  • Gloucestershire has on average the highest guilty plea rate of 57.9% of the 43 Forces
  • Gloucestershire has an average attrition* rate of 26%, 42nd lowest out of 43 Forces, this is a really positive figure.

 *Attrition rate is the number of cases that are taken to court that are lost or have a non-guilty outcome

Page last updated: 06 July 2016