Police in Lancashire issue warning on Christmas party rapes

One of the police posters

One of the police posters

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Crime reporter

A UNIQUE, hard-hitting campaign has been launched in East Lancashire to try to stop rape attacks during the festive season.

Lancashire police are trying to cut the number of sexual assaults during or after Christmas parties by spreading the message that they will investigate ‘every single report of rape’. And in one of two posters that will be displayed online, in pub and club toilets, leisure centres, GP surgeries and other local businesses a cotton bud used for obtaining DNA is displayed alongside the question ‘Do you know where we insert this? - It is inserted into your penis to secure evidence of rape’.

Police said they wanted to emphasise that the procedure was uncomfortable.

Det Chief Insp Neil Esseen, who is behind the campaign, said: “The main reason we have launched such a shocking campaign is because we need to challenge people’s perception of rape.

“Often when a member of the public thinks of rape - they think of a stranger attack in the street. But this is just not the case in Lancashire. Incidents of rape in general are falling with only one per cent of those committed by strangers.

“More often that not the victim knows her attacker, as an acquaintance or friend.

“I want to get the message out that Lancashire police will arrest every person accused of rape, because at the very least the offender has broken the boundaries set down by the victim.”

Lancashire police has a comparatively successful conviction rate of 37 per cent for rape.

A significant number of rapes and sexual assaults involve alcohol and there can be a rise in reports during December due to more people going out drinking, police said.

A different poster aimed at potential victims, highlights the fact that many sexual assaults occur in the victim’s home.

But despite all the police’s hard work, detectives still believe some rapes go unreported.

DCI Esseen, said: “It does not matter what a victim is wearing, how much they have had to drink or if there has been physical contact already – no means no and if there is no consent then there should be no sex. Alcohol can impair the ability of a person to give that proper consent – so if in doubt, don’t.

“Rape and sexual assault can be a taboo subject. The images used on our posters have been chosen to grab attention, create a talking point and raise awareness of the issue.

“The message to offenders is very clear but uncomfortable - you will be arrested, we will take evidence from you and you will be brought to justice.

“We also want victims to know that they will be treated with compassion and that everything possible will be done to trace those responsible and take action against them.

“We hope that this will encourage more people to come forward and report what has happened to them.”

Vivan Blackledge, project manager at Blackburn with Darwen’s Women’s Aid, said: “Certainly any campaign that raises awareness and challenges the perception of rape has our backing.

“People need to realise every action has a consequence and often rape is committed by someone we know.

“It is a really positive step that the police are taking such a drastic step. I hope people take note.”

For more information, on how police deal with reports of rape and sexual assaults visit www.lancashire.police.uk/operation-nexus .

Comments (9)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

2:00pm Mon 17 Dec 12

George White Bread says...

What about females who indecently assault the fellas at Christmas parties? What poster campaign will there be to target over the amorous ladies??
What about females who indecently assault the fellas at Christmas parties? What poster campaign will there be to target over the amorous ladies?? George White Bread
  • Score: 0

3:37pm Mon 17 Dec 12

jack daniels says...

George White Bread wrote:
What about females who indecently assault the fellas at Christmas parties? What poster campaign will there be to target over the amorous ladies??
Another day, another story in the telegraph about the evils of drinking.

Makes you wonder if the editor has taken the pin or maybe gets on his knees 5 times a day....
[quote][p][bold]George White Bread[/bold] wrote: What about females who indecently assault the fellas at Christmas parties? What poster campaign will there be to target over the amorous ladies??[/p][/quote]Another day, another story in the telegraph about the evils of drinking. Makes you wonder if the editor has taken the pin or maybe gets on his knees 5 times a day.... jack daniels
  • Score: 0

5:44pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Venomp says...

Drinking does prove to be cases of unwanted assaults..!

Don't drink simple.
Drinking does prove to be cases of unwanted assaults..! Don't drink simple. Venomp
  • Score: 0

5:58pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Stone Island: says...

Maybe just before the couple get down to it, the bloke should make her sign a consent form?
Maybe just before the couple get down to it, the bloke should make her sign a consent form? Stone Island:
  • Score: 0

7:55pm Mon 17 Dec 12

sen c ble says...

George White Bread wrote:
What about females who indecently assault the fellas at Christmas parties? What poster campaign will there be to target over the amorous ladies??
Been on the receiving end have you.
Knew you couldn't stand up for yourself and a weakling. Huh!
[quote][p][bold]George White Bread[/bold] wrote: What about females who indecently assault the fellas at Christmas parties? What poster campaign will there be to target over the amorous ladies??[/p][/quote]Been on the receiving end have you. Knew you couldn't stand up for yourself and a weakling. Huh! sen c ble
  • Score: 0

8:42pm Mon 17 Dec 12

George White Bread says...

sen c ble wrote:
George White Bread wrote:
What about females who indecently assault the fellas at Christmas parties? What poster campaign will there be to target over the amorous ladies??
Been on the receiving end have you.
Knew you couldn't stand up for yourself and a weakling. Huh!
Mate, it would be an early Christmas present for me If I was assaulted in that manor by one of the ladies at my Christmas do !!!!
[quote][p][bold]sen c ble[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George White Bread[/bold] wrote: What about females who indecently assault the fellas at Christmas parties? What poster campaign will there be to target over the amorous ladies??[/p][/quote]Been on the receiving end have you. Knew you couldn't stand up for yourself and a weakling. Huh![/p][/quote]Mate, it would be an early Christmas present for me If I was assaulted in that manor by one of the ladies at my Christmas do !!!! George White Bread
  • Score: 0

9:29pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Return of the Magnificent se7en says...

George White Bread wrote:
sen c ble wrote:
George White Bread wrote:
What about females who indecently assault the fellas at Christmas parties? What poster campaign will there be to target over the amorous ladies??
Been on the receiving end have you.
Knew you couldn't stand up for yourself and a weakling. Huh!
Mate, it would be an early Christmas present for me If I was assaulted in that manor by one of the ladies at my Christmas do !!!!
Spoken like a true Burnley fan who works in the family business,
Sis has got a present for you.
[quote][p][bold]George White Bread[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sen c ble[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George White Bread[/bold] wrote: What about females who indecently assault the fellas at Christmas parties? What poster campaign will there be to target over the amorous ladies??[/p][/quote]Been on the receiving end have you. Knew you couldn't stand up for yourself and a weakling. Huh![/p][/quote]Mate, it would be an early Christmas present for me If I was assaulted in that manor by one of the ladies at my Christmas do !!!![/p][/quote]Spoken like a true Burnley fan who works in the family business, Sis has got a present for you. Return of the Magnificent se7en
  • Score: 0

9:54pm Mon 17 Dec 12

hasslem hasslem says...

Shame that the idiotic White Bread has polluted this forum with his (presumably) inane tosh regarding a serious issue.

Pathetic.
Shame that the idiotic White Bread has polluted this forum with his (presumably) inane tosh regarding a serious issue. Pathetic. hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 0

6:30pm Tue 18 Dec 12

sen c ble says...

George White Bread wrote:
sen c ble wrote:
George White Bread wrote:
What about females who indecently assault the fellas at Christmas parties? What poster campaign will there be to target over the amorous ladies??
Been on the receiving end have you.
Knew you couldn't stand up for yourself and a weakling. Huh!
Mate, it would be an early Christmas present for me If I was assaulted in that manor by one of the ladies at my Christmas do !!!!
Why what would you do.
Show your t33ny p33ny.

OOH how scary!
[quote][p][bold]George White Bread[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sen c ble[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George White Bread[/bold] wrote: What about females who indecently assault the fellas at Christmas parties? What poster campaign will there be to target over the amorous ladies??[/p][/quote]Been on the receiving end have you. Knew you couldn't stand up for yourself and a weakling. Huh![/p][/quote]Mate, it would be an early Christmas present for me If I was assaulted in that manor by one of the ladies at my Christmas do !!!![/p][/quote]Why what would you do. Show your t33ny p33ny. OOH how scary! sen c ble
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree