An online film made as part of a major campaign to prevent rape and serious sexual offences across Norfolk and Suffolk has been watched by more than 1,000 people in just three weeks.

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Norfolk and Suffolk police last month launched the ‘Rape: Time to Stop’ campaign which is targeted at raising awareness of sexual violence among men and women aged 17 to 24, the most common age bracket for rapes.

An emotive short film, Look What You Did, aimed at preventing rapes and sexual offences has been produced for the campaign on Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies’ YouTube channels. Police chiefs are delighted with the public’s reaction to the film, which also highlights the support available to victims, since it was launched on June 14.

Detective Superintendent Katie Elliott, who leads specialist police services for victims of sexual violence in Norfolk, said: “Our aim was to come up with an innovative way a in which to encourage people to support or seek help from the campaign.

“It is good to see so many people have watched the film which we hope helps highlight the services available to victims of such abuse.”

The short film tells the story of three victims and how they were supported by specialist care provided by the Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs).

In line with national trends, reported serious sexual offences in Norfolk and Suffolk have shown year on year increases since 2009 – with rape accounting for 40pc of all cases.

And while confidence in reporting has risen in recent years, rape remains a hugely under- reported crime and officers are keen for victims to not only report rape, but to do so as early as possible.

To find out more about the campaign, or to see the film, visit www.norfolk.police.uk/newsevents/newsstories/2012/july/shortfilmprovesinternethit.aspx

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