6th August 2021
We don’t talk about sexual abuse enough. That’s not ok. This awareness week was established to give an opportunity for everyone to participate in a discussion about sexual abuse and sexual violence. During the week people raise awareness about sexual abuse and sexual violence and how to prevent it in the UK.
For more information about the campaign and support services available visit http://sexualabuseandsexualviolenceawarenessweek.org/
Local support in North Yorkshire and York is available through IDAS https://www.idas.org.uk/our-services/sexual-violence/
For the last two years IDAS have been able to offer victims of sexual violence support and advice. They provide the Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) service across the county and run the rape support helpline which is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The ISVA provides support to anyone whose case is going through the criminal justice system. They can help victims through the court process and explain what is likely to happen when a report is made to the police. The ISVA can also provide support to victims who do not wish to make a report. In these circumstances they can advise on sexual health concerns, provide emotional support and refer on to other services such as counsellors.
The ISVA can support anyone who has been the victim of sexual violence – whether this happened 2 days ago or 30 years ago. They also have excellent links with the SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) and can explain their role in helping victims.
To make contact with an ISVA you can get in touch via email@example.com or ring the helpline on 03000 110 110.< Back to all news stories