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New Premises, New Campaign for Rape Crisis

9th March 2015

Rape CrisisA vital service helping rape victims in Newcastle and Northumberland has moved to new premises.

However, Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland will continue to provide the same high level service to women aged over 16 who have been victims of sexual violence.

The move coincides with the new campaign ‘Rape #we believe you’ which is being supported by the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.

Rape Crisis provides an independent and confidential service to women who have experienced rape or sexual assault, giving them access to free, confidential support, information and counselling.

The vivid and eye catching campaign artwork is aimed at raising the profile of Rape Crisis and the work that it does.

The launch follows International Women’s Day on March 8 which also provides groups and charities with the opportunity to raise awareness of services and events impacting on women.

Chief Executive Officer of Rape Crisis and Counsellor Sue Pearce said: “Sexual violence can come in many forms, but the one common factor is that the survivor is never to blame.

“Our new premises will provide a calm and safe environment for any woman who has experienced sexual violence to come and get the help and support they need.

“We provide a range of services to support women who have experienced sexual violence as well helping to raise awareness in our society of the issues that are involved with it.”

Fully confidential, callers do not have to give any information they don’t want to, including their full name and address, and they will be directed to counselling and services along with other forms of support to help them deal with their experiences.

“Every day there seems to be something in the news about sexual offences and violence.No one should have to deal with these issues alone and we are here to help women to safety,” Sue Pearce said.

The Commissioner Vera Baird, who has provided Rape Crisis with funding for her campaign through her Community Safety Fund, said: “I’m delighted to support this vital service for the Tyneside and Northumberland areas.

“Rape Crisis works with vulnerable victims of sexual violence who often feel no one understands them and they are alone with no one to help them as they face their horrendous experience.

“This service provides victims with a pathway to safety with access to people and organisations who fully understand what they are going through and are able to get them the help and support they need.

“I know this campaign will raise the profile of this excellent service and make people aware of what is out there to help them when their need is greatest.”

While Rape Crisis only deals with women victims of sexual violence the service is able to provide support on the helpline before re-directing victims who are men to services and organisations which are able to help them including SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre).