Last Wednesday I returned to my desk after a meeting to find some missed calls and a text message asking me to call Victoria Police. After being told by CrimeStoppers that it’s doubtful my call would lead to anything, I didn’t expect a follow up on the matter. And so I didn’t expect to get a call from the police – was my unit broken into? Were my parents ok?
I returned the call, reaching the sexual assault centre. A police officer asked me to give a more detailed report of what happened that night – I had to recount what happened, and how I felt. I told her that the incident was only verbal – nothing came of this man’s words, and she told me it was good that I made the initial call, just in case. I told her that while it was probably the alcohol talking, I didn’t want to do nothing. She told me that this information I provided to her will be filed away, and may jog her memory when investigating a future case. She also said she will speak to the pub staff and check out the CCTV footage if it’s available.
After the call, I talked with someone who used to be a police officer dealing in sexual assault – they said it was often these small leads that enabled the perpetrator to be caught.
The call from the police showed me that they do take these matters seriously and do follow up on reports. I didn’t feel silly for reporting this incident that was only made up of a few conversations.
If you experience a situation like I did – or worse – I urge you to report it. You never know the difference that your report could make to someone else’s safety.
My blog post has also been republished on The Peach – I extended the original a little with my reasons for calling CrimeStoppers, and also left a comment about the idea of clothes inviting unwanted attention.
You can read it here.
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