Why Are We Whispering?: The Whole Story

by Simone Kirwan in Knutsford, , United Kingdom

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To inform the UK public of the current Rape Reporting Processes; to protect against retraumatising survivors, and encourage more reporting.

by Simone Kirwan in Knutsford, , United Kingdom

We want to bring the 'Why Are We Whispering' podcast by Jennie Guay to film by incorporating some of the most powerful and impactful stories to the front line. Inspired by one of the brave guests on Season 1 of the podcast, this first episode of this docu-series will be focused on the Rape Reporting Process in the UK and how it retraumatises and dehumanises those that come forward and report their rape.  That episode, can be listened to here: Why Are We Whispering? With Jennie Guay: I Survived Rape...and This is What Happened After: A Survivor's Story with host, Jennie Guay on Apple Podcasts  

Rape Reporting in the UK

Alarmingly 4 out of 5 rapes in the UK go unreported and only 2 out of 100 rapes that are reported result in a conviction.

What has happened to the rape reporting process in the UK? Why are we not protecting rape victims? Why is the conviction rate so incredibly low? Was the rape reporting process every fit for purpose? What does it say about what we value in the UK? 

We want to open the lid on the rape reporting process with interviews with rape survivors, their family members, police officers, the barristers that represent them, the Victim Liaison Office and Trauma Therapist and more.  We aim to inform the general public, who are not familiar with the law enforcement and judicial systems that underpin British society, on what to expect should you actually be brave enough to report your rape. And to hopefully, empower survivors to come forward and increase the number of rape reports to reflect how many rapists roam free in the UK. 

We can only do this with your help! 

Jennie and Simone will interview, film and narrate the documentary but we need help to fund the editing process and cover costs so we can make this film. It is such an important message to share, to be heard and to stop the whispering!

About Us

My name is Simone Kirwan, I am a documentary filmmaker, with a background in documentaries and EPKs for films, music videos and behind the scenes films, as well as TV Production.

My name is Jennie Guay, and I am the creator and host of the ‘Why Are We Whispering?’ podcast. My mission is to bring human experiences, traumas and embarrassment to mainstream conversations because silence keeps us stuck, and  change begins with a conversation. Life is hard, ugly and painful and it’s like that for all of us. So, LET’S STOP WHISPERING. 



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