BBC1 preps documentary on sexual assaults

UK terrestrial BBC1 and Gold Star Productions have gained access to the St. Mary's Centre in Manchester, the UK's leading Sexual Assault Referral Centre, to produce a 60-minute documentary.
May 7, 2013

UK terrestrial BBC1 and Gold Star Productions have gained access to the St. Mary’s Centre in Manchester, the leading Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in the UK, to produce a 60-minute documentary.

The film, which has a working title of Raped, will document the work of a dedicated team of doctors, crisis workers and counselors at the centre, which helps more than 1,200 women, men and children each year.

Clare Paterson, the BBC’s commissioning executive producer, said: “It took real courage for the contributors to take part in this film and along with the police, the CPS and St. Mary’s, they offer an extraordinary and unique opportunity to understand the complexities of dealing with rape.”

Gold Star Productions producer and director Blue Ryan added: “This film is a unique, sometimes shocking and hugely revealing perspective on rape in Britain today.”

As well as following the work of the team, the doc will focus on different aspects of the services available at St. Mary’s SARC, which are shown through the personal stories of two women who have been raped.

The doc was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, currently the interim controller of BBC1. The exec producer for Gold Star is Emma Hindley.

Dr. Catherine White, clinical director at St. Mary’s SARC, said: “Participating in this documentary is not a decision we have taken lightly. By opening our doors, we wanted to encourage more people to seek the support St. Mary’s can offer if they have experienced sexual violence.”

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