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Statement from Survivors Manchester

06.01.20 | News

Justice Goddard today sentenced Britain’s most prolific rapist ever at Manchester Crown Court to life, concluding a two and a half year investigation by Greater Manchester Police, resulting in the conviction of Reynhard Sinaga on 159 offences against 48 male victims across four separate trials.

Since the start of this investigation, the ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor) and Trauma-Informed Therapy team at Survivors Manchester have been working closely with the Deputy Mayor’s Office within GMCA and in partnership with Greater Manchester Police, Victim Support and St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre to ensure all the men and their families impacted by this case receive the appropriate and tailor-made support throughout.

Survivors Manchester’s Chair of Trustees, Prof. Craig Harris said:

“On behalf of the team at Survivors Manchester I want to extend our commitment to support to all those affected in these abhorred and heinous crimes. There is no doubt in my mind that it’s absolutely imperative, in a case as complex as this where the impact is not only devastating but affects so many victims, that all services across crime agencies, public sector bodies and the VSCE work collectively together to provide a one team approach in supporting all survivors. I am proud that our team has played a part in creating a package of support for these lads and their families. The recovery journey for many will be long and traumatic and I stand firm that we have a duty to support and safeguard everyone involved throughout the process”.

Due to the scale and complexity of this particular case, it was imperative that all key partner organisations came together to create a new way of working. Survivors Manchester was tasked with co-ordinating the ISVA response  on behalf of the partnership and investigation, ensuring that each individual going through the investigation is allocated an ISVA to support them through to court and beyond. Survivors Manchester’s founder and Chief Executive Officer, Duncan Craig OBE, stated:

“As both the CEO of an organisation supporting male survivors and as a male survivor myself, I want to publicly state how proud I am of each and every one of the lads involved in this case for standing up. I would also like to publicly remind everyone that in Greater Manchester we have some of the best victim / survivor support in the country! including our own specialist male survivor support, from our drop in or peer-led support groups to 1:1 trauma informed therapy, we’re all here to help”.

You can contact Survivors Manchester directly on 0161 236 2182 or email support@survivorsmanchester.org,uk. Alternatively, our ‘Drop In’ is open Wednesdays from 2:00pm – 5:00pm.

Greater Manchester Police are appealing to anyone who think they may have met or concerned they have been assaulted by Reynhard Sinaga to come forward, so we can ensure they get the right support.

The appeal website is at www.mipp.police.uk or you can contact the Incident Room on 0800 092 0410 (Police) or to speak to non-police personnel 0800 056 0154.

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