Nightmare before Christmas poem 'appalling'

Last updated 11:45 16/12/2013

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In an attempt to raise awareness about sexual assaults, a branch of the British police released a version of the Night Before Christmas about a woman being raped.

Nottinghamshire Police's campaign was called The Nightmare Before Christmas, and its poem including lines such as "Although she screamed no it happened in a flash, as soon as she could free herself she made a desperate dash" and "Her attacker was nestled all snug in his bed, while visions of the rape he committed danced through his head".

Cathy Saunders, from Midlands Women's Aid, said the poem trivialised sexual violence and it should be withdrawn, the BBC reported.

"I'm quite appalled that the authorities thought this would have the desired effect on perpetrators," Saunders told the BBC.

But Helen Chamberlain from Nottingham Police said she did not think the poem was offensive.

"We have been heavily criticised in the past for focusing on victims and giving out persistent warnings to victims about keeping safe," she said.

"This year we decided to try a different tactic and target the perpetrator."

The campaign had caused a stir, and that was what police intended, she told the BBC.

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