All is not lost is a campaign aimed at helping victims of rape to secure justice. It’s about the crime of rape. It’s about victims of rape. And it’s about perceptions.
Through a series of films, Leicestershire Police hope to highlight how best to support victims, by encouraging quick reporting of offences, by preserving evidence, and by challenging prejudice and misconception.
It’s also a campaign about change – the change in mindset that is required to challenge misconceptions, and to look beyond what we think we know.
Leicestershire Police‘s campaign begins with a film. It’s about a fictional rape, performed by professional actors and filmed on location in the East Midlands earlier this year. But while it is fictional, it is a scenario that many people will feel is all too horribly familiar.
It begins with the crime of rape and many people will find it uncomfortable viewing. It has been classified by the British Board of Film Classification as suitable for an 18 certificate, and carries that warning at the start of the film. Leicestershire Police hope the film raises important questions for us all and sparks a debate.
Leicestershire Police have posted more films online. These are films with real victims of rape and convey a number of different and important messages. None of these victims are identified – but all have wanted to take part in this campaign to help empower victims and encourage them to come forward.
Leicestershire Police have posted online the second part to their fictional film in the coming days – where they explore the events leading up to the crime through the perspective of other people. This second film has been classified as a 15 certificate and carries a suitable warning at the start.
The overriding message to victims of rape of this campaign is that all is not lost. The police are here to support you, to fully investigate the crime committed against you, and to help you to help us get justice.