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Minister gives funding to reduce historic sexual abuse waiting lists

This press release was published under the 2011 - 2016 Welsh government

Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews has given £75,000 of Domestic Abuse Services Grant revenue funding to help victims of historical sexual violence.
Monday 01 February 2016

The money will go to four organisations that have seen an increase in the number of people seeking support.

A rise in waiting lists was seen in 2014/15, due in part to the publicity surrounding the celebrity cases, which encouraged victims of historical sexual abuse to seek advice and support.

The funding will allow them to hire additional counsellors.

The charities are 

  • New Pathways - £40,000 (split evenly between adults and children)
  • North Wales RASAC - £15,000
  • Seren - £10,000
  • Stepping Stones - £10,000

The announcement comes in the inaugural Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week, which runs from February 1st to February 6th.

The Awareness Week gives an opportunity for members of the public, statutory organisations, charities and volunteer groups to participate in discussions about sexual abuse and sexual violence.

The focus is going to be on the premise that all forms of sexual abuse and sexual violence are unacceptable and victims and survivors should not have to tolerate it.

During the week people will raise awareness about sexual abuse and sexual violence and how to prevent it in the UK, using the hashtag #ITSNOTOK.

Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews said:

“The funding will help support people carrying the burden of historical sexual abuse by giving them the counselling they need.

“The Welsh Government’s Live Fear Free campaigns raise awareness of all aspects of domestic abuse, sexual violence included, and the Live Fear Free Helpline is open 24/7 to give advice to concerned family and friends as well as victims.

“So I welcome the first ever Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week. It is important for everyone affected by sexual abuse and sexual violence to be aware that, as a country, we will be talking about sexual abuse and sexual violence. Perpetrators also need to know that these discussions are taking place.

“It’s time to put the topic at the forefront of a national conversation and the message is very strong – it’s not ok.”



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