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Oscar-winning actor Julianne Moore, teenage heartbreak, Botticelli's Venus and should the Metropolitan Police automatically believe women who claim to have suffered rape?

The Oscar-winning actor Julianne Moore talks to Jane about her role in the new film, Freeheld. It is based on the true story of Laurel Hester, a police officer in Ocean County, New Jersey and her struggle to ensure that, following her diagnosis with terminal lung cancer in 2005, her civil partner is entitled to her pension benefits.

Last week Met Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe suggested that Police should no longer automatically believe women who claim to have suffered rape or sexual abuse, and it should be illegal to name suspects until charged. So what will it mean if police change their approach to allegations of rape and sexual abuse and no longer automatically believe the complainant? Jane is joined by Yvonne Traynor, CEO of Rape Crisis South London, Surrey & Sussex, Fiona Mallon, temporary commander & Metropolitan Police lead on rape, and Vera Baird, Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria.

Psychotherapist, Christine Webber discusses how we can best support our children through their first teenage heartbreak.

Tonight on BBC4 Botticelli's Venus: The Making of an Icon sees artist and entrepreneur Sam Roddick exploring the enduring appeal of the Renaissance masterpiece. Sam joins Jane to explain the making of a very modern icon of female sexuality.

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58 minutes


  • Julianne Moore

    The Oscar-winning actress

    Duration: 13:29

  • Believing Rape Victims

    Will a change in the law make a difference?

    Duration: 12:33

  • Advice on Teenage Heartbreak

    How to: Support young people through their first heartbreak

    Duration: 08:27

  • Botticelli's Venus

    Sam Roddick explores the enduring appeal of the Renaissance masterpiece

    Duration: 06:28

Botticelli’s Venus

Botticelli’s Venus

Believing Rape Victims

Rape and Serious Sexual Assault - Metropolitan Police Service
Rape Crisis England and Wales

BBC Action Line on Sexual Abuse: 0800 077 077.
Lines are open 24 hours and calls are free from most landlines.


Role Contributor
Presenter Jane Garvey
Producer Kirsty Starkey
Interviewed Guest Julianne Moore
Interviewed Guest Vera Baird
Interviewed Guest Yvonne Traynor
Interviewed Guest Fiona Mallon
Interviewed Guest Christine Webber
Interviewed Guest Sam Roddick


  • Mon 15 Feb 2016 10:00

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