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Groping: Police advice on how to report sexual assault

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Too many people are not reporting sexual assault on a night out, according to police. It appears these attacks are going unreported because it is seen as “normal behaviour”.”Chances are that if a person’s done it once, they’ll probably do it again,” says Chief Inspector Marie Wright, from Avon and Somerset police.Here’s some of your stories and some advice on how you should report any type of sexual assault.Chief Inspector Marie Wright, strategic lead for rape and serious sexual assault in Avon and Somerset constabulary, says she hopes this kind of behaviour from staff would be seen as “intolerable”.”We’re looking at maybe a traffic light process, where we can put stickers and posters in certain clubs where they’ve had the training.”So people can see these people are trained and they’ll get that support as oppose to maybe the management or the bar staff shrugging it off.”What will happen is we’ll encourage students and young people to go to those green clubs that are safe”.Marie Wright says this behaviour “is completely unacceptable”.”Chances are that if a person’s done it once, they’ll probably do it again.”Also what I’m looking at is the friends of or people around these perpetrators, there should be some peer pressure about telling the offenders this behaviour is wrong.”I think if you look at research, sexual assault could be the start of people becoming sexual predators”.Image caption Lottie says she wears cycling shorts under skirts on nights out with friends
Eighteen-year-old Lottie told Newsbeat that getting assaulted, like being groped, is now “just part of the night”.”I’ve never thought to report it because it happens to me every time I go out.”It’s just what happens,” she says.Find us on Instagram at BBCNewsbeat and follow us on Snapchat, search for bbc_newsbeat
Source: BBC Somerset