Breaking the taboo: One rape victim tells her story

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It is estimated that 12,000 men and 85,000 women on average are raped in England and Wales every year, but it is not an issue that is talked about openly. One woman has waived her anonymity and bravely spoken about her story, from reporting the attack to bringing her rapist to justice.

“My identity isn’t ‘I got raped’, it’s not. I am Juliet, but I’m forever altered.”

Juliet was attacked and raped by a stranger in an alleyway after leaving a bar in Manchester on New Year’s Eve 2011. It has changed her life.

“One event and your life isn’t ordinary any more,” says Juliet. “I don’t know, maybe you become extraordinary because you survived it, that would be a good way to put it, and maybe that’s how I’m managing to cope now.”

She had gone to the bar in Manchester city centre alone as a friend had not shown up and sat on a bar stool drinking, but after consuming a shot of alcohol suddenly felt very drunk and was escorted outside by the door staff.

CCTV footage captured Juliet outside the bar at almost midnight, but she then disappeared out of shot and is only seen again two hours later, staggering from a nearby alleyway.

See on BBC News.