Victims of sexual assault encouraged to access support

6 January 2020

Victim Support is encouraging people to come forward for free emotional and practical support if they have been affected by media coverage of the sentencing of serial rapist Reynhard Sinaga.

Chief Executive of Victim Support, Diana Fawcett, said:

We often hear from victims of crime who are retraumatised by media coverage mirroring their own experiences of assault. It is vital that any victims of sexual violence do not blame themselves for what has happened, or feel like they have to be completely certain of the details of the assault before coming forward. There are many reasons why victims may doubt themselves, but even suspicion is enough to cause serious distress and trust issues deserving of support.

Anyone affected by the issues raised in the Reynhard Sinaga case can come forward for free, confidential support via our 24-hour Supportline on 08 08 16 89 111, regardless of how long ago the crime happened or whether or not they have reported it to the police.”

If you think you may have been affected by this case directly, or have information that could help the investigation, you can report this online to Greater Manchester Police or via phone (0800 092 0410) from within the UK, or 02071580124 internationally.