Royal Visit to Saint Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre
The Duchess of Cornwall visited Saint Mary's Sexual Assault
Referral Centre (SARC) on Monday to meet staff and partners who
provide support for victims of sexual abuse.
She is known to have a keen interest in the support available to
people affected by domestic violence and rape and has visited a
number of similar centres around the country.
During her visit, the Duchess was escorted by the Centre's
Clinical Director Dr Catherine White and introduced to a number of
staff including forensic physicians, crisis workers and
counsellors. She was also able to have a private discussion
with a former client.
The Duchess congratulated staff for their wonderful work and
commented on the need to raise awareness of such facilities and see
more opened across the country. Before she left, the Duchess
unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the Centre's
St Mary's SARC was the first of its kind to be
established in the UK. Since opening, the Centre has seen
more than 20,000 women, men and children living in the Greater
Manchester and Cheshire area. Last year the centre saw more
than 1,600 clients - just under half of these were children.