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Royal Visit to Saint Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre

royal visit 1HRH 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 30th anniversary.

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.