Words Can Describe

By Abi Grant

‘It is rare to be charmed and horrified by means of exchange sentences, yet this can be Abi Grant’s present as a author . . . I cried, I laughed after which I cheered!’ Julian Clary

Everything in Abi Grant’s lifestyles replaced the evening a serial rapist broke into her flat and attacked her in her sleep. She fought again and the police have been referred to as, yet regardless of an entire research, they discovered not anything – even Crimewatch couldn’t aid. Traumatized, she misplaced her activity, then her flat. She took to drink. Her global fell apart.

But the police didn’t quit, and twelve years later – after re-examining the facts – they discovered a fingerprint fit . . Justice demanded that she visit trial to convict a violent legal yet, regardless of being a innocent sufferer, the extreme courtroom conflict that may switch her lifestyles in every single place again.

Words Can Describe is the story of 1 woman’s descent into melancholy, her trip again to wish, and the intense humans she met alongside the best way. Abi’s phrases – usually bitingly humorous and consistently brutally sincere – inform her remarkably relocating tale in her personal robust voice.

‘Vivid, frank and brave . . . many ladies might be thankful to Abi supply for telling the reality at, I think, a few rate to herself’ Joan Smith

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Firstly i used to be became down simply because I’d left it too overdue (there’s a two-year cut-off – ‘It has been determined that there aren't any specific situations to permit the deadline to be waived during this case’). Didn’t cease me. every person will get became down for every thing first time. They acknowledged i may attraction in writing (using the enclosed form), and never for the 1st time i spotted how reliable it used to be to not be intimidated by means of phrases. (One day, notwithstanding, I’ll stand and shake my paw on the heavens, swearing, as God is my witness, I’ll by no means fill in one other shape back. ) The procedure wavered and conceded i'd have a sound declare, yet they wanted buckets of knowledge. First and most significantly my crime reference quantity. That intended calling the police and that i felt a section squirrelly (‘Hello, you won’t take into account me, yet . . . ’). humans had frequently requested me through the years ‘Did they capture him? ’ and that i needed to admit I didn’t understand. What I didn’t inform them is that I’d by no means attempted to determine, and because the Crimewatch interview had had no touch with the police. He might’ve been in legal for all I knew. There’s no criminal requirement for the police to inform sufferers if they’ve stuck a offender, except they sufferer is required to provide facts in courtroom. If the case have been a ‘TIC’ (Taken Into Consideration), which has been utilized by forces to aid transparent their books, then they wouldn’t want the sufferer in any respect and the crime might simply be marked off . . . With a few trepidation I referred to as Stoke Newington police station. I requested to be placed via to their sexual-violence unit, the place I defined who i used to be and what i wished. The detective despatched an individual off to appear up the dossier. anyone on the station remembered my case, and it didn’t take lengthy for them to discover it. The detective informed me the case was once nonetheless open, and no they hadn’t stuck him. I requested if he could nonetheless be prowling the neighbourhood. The detective coated the receiver (‘Geoff,’ he known as, ‘how many rapists we received operating this patch? ’ ‘Three,’ got here the answer) and instructed me he could nonetheless be lively, yet there has been no approach of figuring out. He gave me my crime reference quantity (‘Major Crime seventy seven’ estate reference quantity booklet sixty six, no. 14/1993) and that i had the 1st piece of forms for my declare. I needed to bounce via a number of hoops, and canopy them in ailing notes from medical professionals and shrinks, yet I did in fact have an entire dossier proving i used to be bonkers from my housing quest, and to my entire pleasure, they acknowledged definite. My sum was once calculated as follows . . . It used to be basically whilst scripting this that I checked out the protecting letter heavily, and learned there’s no point out of rape, or sexual attack, or actual harm. I thoroughly overlooked this: having thought of the scientific stories received through the Authority, it's thought of you have been struggling with a pre-existing clinical . a whole award is accordingly thought of irrelevant, and the award is accordingly diminished by way of 25 in line with cent. They have been no information of what I had that was once worthy 25 in keeping with cent off. Rape sufferers were docked cash for every type of purposes, so much notoriously for ‘contributing’ to their very own assault by way of having a drink.

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