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Commissioner Supports Sexual Abuse Awareness Week 6-12 February

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall is supporting National Sexual Abuse Awareness Week this week.

The second annual national awareness week takes place from the 6th – 12th February 2017 across the UK.  Organisers hope the nationwide week-long series of events, hosted by local organisations, will spread the message that any form of sexual abuse and sexual violence is unacceptable.

The week aims to generate discussion among the general public, statutory bodies and third sector organisations about how sexual abuse and sexual violence is not ok, it aims to empower victims and send out a clear message that the UK collectively will be saying ‘It’s Not Ok’.

Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall said:

“I welcome the opportunity to support any initiative that helps to reinforce the message that sexual abuse and sexual violence will not be tolerated.  And importantly, we also need to strengthen the message to victims that they can have the confidence to speak up if they have been affected, and that action will be taken.

“In Cumbria we are now in the fortunate position of having The Bridgeway Sexual Assault Service, which is a dedicated support service for victims.

The  Bridgeway supports men, women and children who have been raped or sexually assaulted either recently or in the past, and their families, where appropriate. In January alone, the Bridgeway has provided support to 18 people. I would urge anyone that has been affected to get in touch and seek the support they deserve.”

The Bridgeway provides a range of services to help you through the difficult time following rape or sexual assault. These include: These include:

  • 24 hour helpline 0808 118 6432
  • Emotional and practical support
  • Emergency contraception and access to screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections
  • Medical examination and collection of forensic evidence
  • Referral onto counselling and/or other support services
  • Support in making a report to the police, if that’s what you want
  • Follow-up support

The service is provided anywhere in Cumbria. Helpline available 24/7, 365 days a year; other services by appointment.

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