In the aftermath of a court case, it can be hard feeling that you didn’t get a say. Often local papers will report on crime stories without ever talking to the victim. But we give victims of crime a voice in the media, helping to raise awareness, spread a message or share the full version of events. Here are some crime stories we’ve had published recently:
LIES! HE BEAT ME – THEN POSED FOR PICS
Aileen, 43, feared for her life when Stuart, her boyfriend of a year, flew into a drunken, violent rage and beat her face black and blue. Then to her horror he tried to cover up the attack by calling in journalists. He devised a sick story that she’d been mugged, and made her pose for photos. But police uncovered the truth behind her ‘mystery’ attacker and Stuart, 44, was convicted of assault and perverting the course of justice. We helped Aileen to share her story in Bella magazine, to raise awareness of domestic violence.
FIANCE’S CONFESSION: “I WAS RAPED!”
Emma, 33, worried that her relationship with boyfriend Chris, 29, was hitting the rocks when he became withdrawn and distant. But then Chris made a shocking confession. He was struggling to cope… after being raped as a teenager. With Emma’s support, Chris reported the attack to police and now, with his attacker in jail, Chris and Emma are engaged and trying for a baby. He’s also set up a Facebook support group here. We sold Chris’s story to Best and Real People.
LOVER KILLED OUR SON – THEN BLAMED ME
Jon, 29, was a doting dad so when baby Luke was three months old, mum Jemma, 22, left the pair alone while she popped to the shops. When she returned she found Luke unable to breathe and rushed him to hospital. The next day their baby son tragically lost his fight for life. A year later, Jon forced Jemma to admit in court she had killed their baby. But the truth emerged — and Jon was jailed for seven years. Jemma told her story to Take A Break.
LOVE RIVAL BIT MY EAR OFF
Tammy, 41, forgot all about an innocent kiss she shared with a stranger on a night out with friends — until a harsh reminder two months later. The bitter ex-lover of the man she’d kissed pounced on Tammy — biting her ear off in a savage attack. Terrified, Tammy was left maimed before bystanders could pull the brutal attacker off her. In March, the attacker was jailed for three years. Tammy sold her story to Real People.
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