Funding boost for victims of rape and sexual abuse

Increased government funding for rape and sexual support services across England and Wales

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Rape and sexual abuse support services across England and Wales have been awarded increased government funding totalling £24m over three years. The move, which involved a 10% increase in funding from the Ministry of Justice, will see 79 rape support centres awarded grants. This will ensure for the first time that there are government-funded services in all 42 of the country's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) areas. The money will go towards a range of services, and will include:

  • A 50% funding increase for services across Greater London, recognising the heightened demand for services in the region, with almost 15% of all sexual offences occurring in the capital last year
  • Tailored face-to-face support and counselling to help victims cope with and, as far as possible, recover from these horrific crimes
  • A national helpline and web chat service for male victims following a significant rise in the number of men and boys coming forward to report crimes and access support
  • Male support centres, which will bring the number of PCC areas with government-funded male support from 11 to 41
  • Support for those who suffered abuse while under the age of 13, in recognition that many victims of child sexual abuse may struggle to access timely support

Nationally over 150,000 sexual offences were recorded by police last year, with one in five women having experienced some type of sexual assault in their lifetime. This is despite the crimes often going unreported.

The full press release can be found here.

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