“It’s an extremely stressful and intensive job for me – both as a professional and as a human being. I become intimately involved both psychologically and emotionally with the survivor. I’ve seen investigators break down during interviews after hearing the survivor’s story. I get angry about what has happened and the injustice of it. It makes me sad when I see the emotional havoc that the sexual assault has had on the survivor. And I am constantly self-aware of every single thing that I say, show and do, in order to prevent victim-blaming and to create a safe space for survivors. Ideally, every single sexual case would be reported and, eventually, lead to prosecution. But the unfortunate reality is that the majority of sexual assaults go unreported. So when a survivor comes to us to share their story, I remember that the single most important thing is to support them. Of course I want justice to be served, and for the abuser to be caught. But even more important to me is the mental, physical and emotional health of the survivor. That’s why I’m here, and that’s why I do what I do every day.”

A message from the police chief