Justice for victims > No excuses for offenders
Sex offenders who delude themselves by thinking they have done absolutely nothing wrong are targeted in our hard-hitting campaign aimed at raising awareness of what actually constitutes a sexual assault and to encourage victims to report crimes to police.
The 'no excuses' campaign is designed to drive home the consequences of committing a serious sexual offence to offenders and potential offenders.
Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Hyde, who leads the team of officers who investigate sexual assaults in the West Midlands, said: “Offenders often think that because their victim doesn’t say ‘no’ or physically try to resist the attack, that they are therefore consenting to sex, but that is absolutely no excuse.
“The aim of our campaign is to highlight the consequences of this type of crime, such as lengthy prison sentences, the restrictions on future job opportunities and overseas travel, as well as the shame of friends and family discovering that you’re a sex offender.”
Backing the campaign is rape victim Louise*, who has spoken of how a man she met in a nightclub later raped her in a park before acting ‘as though nothing had happened’. He was later jailed for six years.
*Name has been changed to protect her identity