£ 4m funding to help rape victims rebuild their lives
- 11 Apr
The government are giving £4 million funding to ensure that victims of sexual assault and rape with be able to get access to vital support while recovering.
The funding will be used over the next year to open four new rape support centres in areas where victims suffer without having expert help.
The centres are part of the Coalition Agreement to establish 15 new rape support centres, and 9 have already been set up to help support the 400,000 women a year who are sexually assaulted.
The funding will also be used to help the 65 centres that are already in place to give stable funding, instead of the as hov funding they have currently been receiving which puts services in jeopardy.
The four new centres will open in Reading, Avon and Somerset, Lincolnshire and Central Lancashire.
Victims' Minister Helen Grant said:
With one in 20 women reporting they were the victim of a serious sexual offence last year, it is so important they are not left to suffer in silence. That's why I'm pleased to announce another tranche of brand new centres that will help victims in places where there aren't the specialist services needed.'For the first time Government is giving organisations who do so much, previously with so little, the long-term funding needed to put them on a more secure footing - a key pillar of our plan to tackle the appalling legacy of violence against women and girls.
Lee Eggleston, Chair of Rape Crisis (England and Wales) said:
It is vital that women and girls who experience sexual violence are able to receive specialised support when and where they need it in order to be able to rebuild and move forward with their lives.
Sexual violence has devastating consequences that can last for years and even decades.'In Lincolnshire and the four authority areas there just has not been support available to survivors or at best, they have had to travel to the next county or metropolitan area, with some journeys taking hours, in order to get the help they need.
In 2013, every woman and girl should be able to live their life free from the fear of sexual violence. This is a significant day for both survivors and the Rape Crisis movement.
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