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Saint Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre scoops top prize in the PENN awards 2016

sarc awardsSaint Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre scooped a top award in Patient Experience National Network Awards, which took place in Birmingham earlier this month.

The team fought off strong competition to win top place in the monitoring, reporting and evaluation category for their 'If I speak…will you listen?' film that captures the reflections of rape survivors who have used their service.

The film was produced for the St Mary's SARC Annual Conference 2015, which placed the focus on the impact of rape and sexual violence on mental health.   It provides a moving account from four former St Mary's SARC clients on the impact sexual violence has had on their lives and their treatment by professionals working in the field, including the Police, Crown Prosecution Service and the judiciary.

A key element of the film was giving participants the chance to provide advice to professionals on how they could improve their services to people who have experienced rape or sexual violence.

Produced by Seal Films, it is now used extensively in training delivered by St Mary's SARC and is also part of a national training programme for judges as well as the Crown Prosecution Service and the Police.