Actress Sera Cracroft, renowned for her role in the Welsh-language soap opera Pobol y Cwm, has spoken out about her experience of childhood sexual assault in a recent interview with S4C’s Sgwrs Dan y Lloer. The 57-year-old mother-of-three bravely shared her story in the hope of helping others who may have suffered similar traumas. Sera disclosed that she has been living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since the incident and even contemplated suicide as a result. Although the allegations were investigated by the police, no convictions were made.
During the interview, Sera recounted the distressing details of the assault, which occurred when she was a young child at a friend’s house. She vividly remembered feeling suffocated during the attack but managed to bite her assailant’s hand and scream for her mother. Shockingly, she never spoke about the assault to anyone and subsequently endured significant mental health issues.
It was only later in life that Sera realized the profound impact the assault had on her well-being. She discovered that the flashbacks became more intense during times of stress or busyness. Overwhelmed, she reached a breaking point and contemplated taking her own life. However, Sera sought help and received extensive specialist care in a hospital setting, where she was met with kindness and compassion.
Sharing her story for the first time proved to be a turning point for Sera, marking the beginning of her healing journey. She expressed gratitude towards Cerian, the policewoman who handled her initial statement when she reported the incident as an adult, and described her as “an angel.” Sera was disappointed to learn that there was insufficient evidence to pursue further investigation and strongly urged the police to question the alleged perpetrator. She wanted him to experience even a fraction of the fear she had endured. However, the man denied ever knowing Sera, resulting in no prosecutions being made.
Despite the challenges she has faced, Sera emphasized that she is now in a “good place” thanks to extensive counseling and support. She also acknowledged the significant role played by former Welsh footballer and mental health advocate Neville Southall, who has become a close friend and a source of empowerment. Sera acknowledged that she cannot change the past but can control her response to it.
Sera Cracroft’s courage in sharing her traumatic experience shines a light on the prevalence of sexual assault and the long-lasting impact it can have on survivors. Her story serves as a reminder of the importance of support, understanding, and justice for those who have endured such traumatic experiences. For individuals affected by similar issues, support and information are available through BBC Action Line.