Child abuse media coverage leads to increase requests for counselling
Media coverage over recent months on the issue of historic child
sexual abuse has led to an increase in the number of people
contacting St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for
counselling and support.
St Mary's SARC provides a comprehensive service to people who
have been raped or sexually assaulted whether recently or in the
past. The service offers individuals who have been sexually
abused in the past the opportunity to access its counselling
service where a report is made to the police or where the
individual is considering making a report to the police. The
Independent Sexual Violence Advisors can also provide advice and
support up to and through any police investigation.
Centre Manager, Bernie Ryan, commented: "Often people who have
been sexually abused in childhood stay silent about their
experiences for a very long time and it might take something like
the recent media coverage on the issue to help them eventually seek
the help and support that is available.
"We have noted an increase in the number of requests for
counselling, if for any reason they are not suitable for SARC
services we can assist them to access other services which may be
more suitable to their needs."
St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre was the first Sexual
Assault Referral Centre to open in the UK. It provides a
comprehensive and co-ordinated forensic, medical, counselling and
aftercare service to men, women and children living in Greater
Manchester or Cheshire who have experienced rape or sexual assault,
whether this has happened recently or in the past. Services are
available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them either as a
self-referral or via Greater Manchester Police. St
Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre can be contacted on 0161 276