Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Raped Teacher's Brave Bid to Save Evidence

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Raped Teacher's Brave Bid to Save Evidence

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THE teacher raped by a pupil in the classroom had the presence of mind to try to preserve as much evidence as possible.

Covered in blood and with her mind racing, she was able to think clearly enough in the immediate aftermath of the savage assault to try to preserve forensic evidence that could be vital in court.

She said: "I knew what I had to do, I've seen it on TV.

"I must be careful. I must not damage any evidence."

She said she was trying to be "as practical as possible and as helpful to the police as she could be".

The teacher's harrowing testimony underlined the brutality of the rape.

She said: "Everything happened so fast and some of the events overlapped because it happened so fast." The teacher believes that while her attacker needs help, she also feels that other people urgently need to be protected from him.

She is "angry that it was possible for it to happen" and is "still very deeply distressed by the whole thing". The woman, who is single and has no children, told an official in her union that she is still deciding her future and whether she will return to the classroom.

The teacher has spoken "very forcefully about what happened", the official said.

She does not desire revenge against her attacker. "There wasn't a vindictive or vengeful tone in her voice, it was very practical," said the official.

The teacher was "extremely praising" of the police for the way they helped her in the wake of the assault.

She was also grateful for the help she received from other teachers at the school, and from her union. The teacher is having "tremendously helpful" counselling to try to help her cope with the memories of what happened.

"Talking to the police and the support group the police put her in touch with has allowed her to talk openly at her own speed," the union official said. …

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