GMB’s Ranvir Singh emotionally reveals why she kept sexual assault ordeal in documentary
Good Morning Britain star Ranvir Singh has revealed she was torn about keeping her experience in her ITV documentary and explained why she decided to leave it in the final cut.
Good Morning Britain host Ranvir Singh choked up on the ITV show on Tuesday as she revealed she was torn about having a conversation about her past in her new documentary.
The former Strictly Come Dancing star has opened up about the moment in the documentary where she reveals she was sexually assaulted when she was 12.
Ranvir, who waived her right to anonymity, shared her empathy for a woman she spoke to during filming as she revealed her own ordeal “in an effort to comfort her”.
She was speaking to survivor Lisa Phillips, 43, for her ITV documentary Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the Pedophile, when the trauma was brought to her after hearing Lisa’s story.
Lisa has told how Epstein, who died in prison in 2019, attacked her on his Caribbean island when she was 21.
She said, “I agreed. You’re not going to kick and scream and beat and scream when you’re on an island.”
Speaking on GMB on Tuesday, Ranvir explained the time when she couldn’t physically comfort Lisa and instead opened up to Lisa about her own past.
Ranvir admitted to hosts Susanna Reid and Richard Madeley that she knew she was on camera, but had “instant” empathy for Lisa and decided to tell her what had happened to her.
Susanna had said, “This interview had an impact on you, didn’t it?
Ranvir told her: “It’s true. Not one that I expected, it completely surprised me, which I guess speaks to some of the issues with Ghislaine’s trial, the memory of the incidents that occur in your life. nature.
“She was a lot more upset than that, she was very upset because I think what happened was that she came back, she sort of retreated into that moment while she was telling.
“And I think a lot of people who have committed crimes of this nature feel a sense of guilt, could I have done more? Should I have screamed, should I have screamed? Kind of a survivor’s guilt, I think .
“So she was describing it and it was actually an effort to comfort her because a lot of times when we’re doing this work people can think we’re just on TV to make people on TV cry, I’m upfront about the how people see journalists.
“She’s on Zoom and I’m in the UK and there’s no way I can physically comfort her, and it was just for a moment. I felt a really shocking kind of empathy with what she was describing. .
“I was fully aware that we were on camera, but it’s a human-to-human experience when someone says something that painful to you.
“So I told him something happened to me when I was 12, and I understand you shouldn’t feel guilty for not doing it, uh…”
Ranvir couldn’t continue initially as she got angry, before revealing that she had told few people what happened to her before the documentary.
She continued, “Sorry, do you know what? I’ve only told two people about this in my entire life, and in the past two weeks I’ve had to tell family members, etc. .”
Susanna told him, “You don’t have anything to say to anyone Ranvir.”
Emotional Ranvir continued, “It’s weird because it’s not something you usually talk about, but the point being even Friday, it was very tricky whether I should leave it in the documentary, because it’s is a great thing to say.”
On why she kept the conversation in the documentary, she recalls talking to a juror in Ghislaine’s trial named Scotty, who shared her own experience and how memory can be affected after a sexual assault.
She explained: “He described quite vividly what happened in the deliberation room where they had been there for hours and hours, and there were jurors who had real questions in their minds about the credibility of any of the victims or accusers as they were then, now victims.
“He felt compelled at that point to explain that the memory of a sexual assault is very different from the memory of an assault in the street or a fight in a pub.
“What a sexual assault does to your mind is very, very different and it’s not very well documented. I think that’s part of why we have such low conviction rates in this country for sex crimes, because the jurors just don’t get it.
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“‘If it was me, I’d be kicking or screaming’, but being mugged is very different from being in a room with someone you trust in an environment that’s supposed to be safe and that something something serious is going on here.”
She revealed that Scotty told jurors about his own experience where something had happened to him and that he only remembered certain details, feeling “compelled” to do so after one of the victims’ memories if their own assault was questioned.
Ranvir said, “So yeah, that’s why I left it because I think there’s probably a real misunderstanding.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
* If you have been a victim of sexual assault, you can access help and resources via www.rapecrisis.org.uk or by calling the national helpline on 0808 802 9999