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|Title:||Help shape sexual abuse services in Doncaster|
|ID & Publication:||20140711038 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Community News |
Doncaster’s Safer and Stronger Partnership is committed to tackling sexual abuse and therefore wants to know more about the extent of this locally and how best to meet the needs of victims.
Evidence shows that 58% of sexual abuse is never reported so the Partnership is inviting people to tell us about their experiences via an online survey at www.doncaster.gov.uk/sexualabuse. Anyone completing the survey will not be asked to provide their name or personal details so do not have be afraid about being identified.
Between 1 and 15 August anyone over 18 who has been affected by sexual abuse can tell us about what happened and what, if anything, stopped them reporting the abuse. This will help us to understand how to break down these barriers and encourage reporting so that people receive the support they need. We also want to hear from people about their understanding of sexual abuse so people don’t have to be victims of sexual abuse to complete our survey.
Councillor Joe Blackham, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Neighbourhoods said: ‘Over the last 18 months there has been an unprecedented increase in reporting of sexual violence and abuse following some high profile celebrity cases. However we know that it is still under reported. Sexual abuse can range from harassment to serious sexual assault and rape. People don’t have to tolerate this, the partnership is there to provide support and this is your opportunity to help shape the services we provide’
A 26 year old Doncaster woman who received support when she reported sexual abuse added: ‘After being raped, beaten and strangled by my boyfriend at 19, I reported my experience to the Police. This was a very difficult decision as I blamed myself for what happened and didn’t think I would be believed, but I was and I realised that I deserved to be treated better. I was kept informed of the progress of the case, understood what was going on, and had someone to talk to when things got tough. I also received counselling , which enabled me to turn my life around. Whilst it is impossible to ever forget, I’ve learned how to cope with what happened and use my experiences positively. For anyone thinking about reporting, you don’t have to go through the process alone, there is plenty of support available, from people who understand and care.
The survey also outlines what measures the council and partners think are important to have in place and provides the opportunity to agree or disagree as well as the option to make suggests for additional support services.
Paper copies of the survey can also be requested by calling 01302 736000 or collect a copy from the Civic Office One Stop Shop
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