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Posted on 12:21:00 on 11th June 2021

Police are continuing to encourage all victims of rape or sexual offences to come forward - after a teenager was jailed for attacks on two girls.

The boy, aged in his late teens, received a three year jail term today at Carlisle Crown Court.

The attacks he carried out were on two different girls. The boy was found guilty of the rape of a girl in September 2017 and a rape and attempted rape of a girl in June 2019.

Both offences took place in Carlisle.

In statements taken as part of the court case, one of the girls said before the attack she was “a young carefree teenager who was full of confidence”.

She added: “Since the day he did what he did to me I found myself looking in the mirror and it felt like I was looking at myself through his eyes and as if I was his property.

“He violated me in the worst way. Since the day he raped me I became very depressed and anxious.”

In a separate statement, the other victim said what she wished him to know.

She said: “Your choices and behaviour that night had a fundamental effect on everything I have done since.

“You knew what you were doing was wrong and you did it anyway.”

She added: “However, I am strong and I am rebuilding my life and my future with people that I trust.”

Detective Constable Michael Gilsenan was one of the officers overseeing the investigation.

Speaking after the sentencing, he said: “These attacks had a huge impact on the lives of the two girls involved.

“But we hope both they and their families can take some comfort from the fact this offender has faced a court and been punished for his crimes.

“Anyone can be the victim of rape or sexual assault.

“The effects on a victim can be devastating and traumatising. The families of those involved are often affected by the trauma too.

“We understand that it can be a scary and confusing time but all victims will be treated professionally and with sensitivity so we would always encourage people to report any such offences.

“There is also support out there. Do not suffer in silence.”

If you have been the victim of a crime, we would always encourage you to report it to police on 101.

Always dial 999 in an emergency.

If you do not wish to report a crime but would like to seek support, please contact the Bridgeway Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0808 118 6432 or call Victim Support on 0808 1689 111.You can also find a support service directory at www.cumbriatogether.com.

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