| Minimisation of child sexual abuse

Whilst walking to school one morning when I was 14, I was sexually abused by a stranger. Although I reported it when I got to school, and the police were called, they didn’t come to take my statement until that evening and two male police officers were sent. They questioned whether I was making it up based on the fact that my description of the man was very detailed and then made me feel that what had happened was insignificant and I was over reacting. They also told me that I really should count myself lucky as I wasn’t actually raped. I never heard from them again and have no idea whether they even investigated or just dropped the case. Their minimisation of what happened and the lack of support caused just as many issues as the actual abuse.

Constabulary: Dorset Police

Timespan: 25 years ago

Did you report it to the police?: Prefer not to say

Your ethnicity: White British


Illustration by Danny Noble

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