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Bouncer who raped woman suffering panic attack jailed for six years

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Neil Brown, 50, was working at a restaurant in Quayside, Cambridge, when the victim came in to use the toilet at about 9.30pm on August 4, 2018. Brown followed her in and found her in the middle of a panic attack.

After it subsided, he offered to let her recover in a staff office, but once he had lured her in he launched his attack, forcing off her clothes and raping her.

He claimed in a police interview after his arrest never to have met the woman.

But forensic tests provided a full DNA match to Brown although he continued to plead innocent.

Brown, of Ronald Avenue, Stratford, east London, was found guilty of rape and sexual assault by a jury at Cambridge Crown Court on December 3.

He was jailed for six years and eight months at the same court on Tuesday.

Detective Constable Faye Patterson, who investigated, said: “Brown was a predator who saw an opportunity in a vulnerable woman and took full advantage of her helplessness.

“He has shown absolutely no remorse throughout the investigation and court case.

“This case shows the value of forensic evidence and how seriously both the police and the justice system take sexual offences.”

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Meanwhile, a study out on Wednesday reports sexual violence is endemic in UK universities and colleges.

One in 10 university and college staff surveyed say they have directly experienced workplace sexual violence in the past five years while about a quarter of staff know a colleague who has.

The report found that in the last five years 12 percent of women and five percent of men had directly experienced workplace sexual violence with just over half of those who directly experienced it not telling their employer.

Seventy percent of those who directly experienced it reported doing so as an ongoing pattern of behaviour rather than a one-off.

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The findings are from a report by the University and College Union’s (UCU) sexual violence task group which surveyed almost 4,000 university and college staff.

UCU says the findings show senior managers at universities and colleges are not taking the issue of sexual violence at work seriously.

General secretary Jo Grady said: “The report’s findings reveal shocking levels of institutional failure and reflect a culture in which protecting the reputation of a university or college comes before delivering justice for survivors.”

The union makes a number of recommendations, including the scrapping of non-disclosure agreements with perpetrators and telling survivors the outcome of complaints.

Its report comes after figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the number of sexual offences recorded by the police increased eight percent in the 12 months ending June 2021 compared to the year before.

That total was 164,763 offences with April to June this year seeing the highest ever quarterly figure (48,553).

Rape accounted for 37 percent of all sexual offences recorded by constabularies.

The number of rape offences in the year ending June 2021 was the highest ever recorded annual figure to date (61,158 offences), according to the ONS.

This was fuelled by an increase in April to June with 17,285 offences recorded – a 19 percent rise compared with January to March.

However, the ONS warned that in the absence of survey data, police figures should be treated with caution as before the pandemic, the number of police recorded sexual offences was well below the numbers estimated by the Crime Survey for England and Wales with fewer than one in six victims of rape or assault by penetration telling the police.

The NHS website offers advice about the help provided after a rape or sexual assault.

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