Sexual Abuse and Violence: #ItsNotOK say Wiltshire Police

Sexual Abuse and Violence: #ItsNotOK say Wiltshire Police

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 12:12pm 4th February 2020.

3 minute read

The county force is backing a nationwide awareness week to tackle these sorts of incidents.

Wiltshire Police has been supporting National Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week for a number of years now.

It's aimed at helping people understand what constitutes a crime and encouraging people to speak up about potential incidents.

Police are working partner agencies like rape crisis charities, Wiltshire Council and the NSPCC throughout the week.

Superintendent Sarah Robbins said: 

"We take all reports of sex assault extremely seriously and while I fully understand just how difficult and daunting it may be for a victim to come forward and take that first step in reporting their ordeal to police, please be reassured that we will provide you with support throughout the process and we will conduct extremely thorough investigations to ensure offenders are put before the courts and justice is served.

"For some people, who have already been through an extremely traumatic ordeal at the hands of their abuser, they just don't want to engage with police for whatever reason, and we do recognise this. That is why this week we will also be highlighting the many other support agencies available who can help you if you would prefer."

Angus Macpherson, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, said: 

"I am really pleased to be supporting this national awareness week - sex abuse and violence has no place in our society and it is crucial that we continue to talk about it and highlight that it is just simply not ok to ever blame the victim.

"It is one of my priorities to protect the most vulnerable people in society and I feel very strongly that victims of sexual offences receive the utmost support and protection. I am proud to have set up Horizon - our victim and witness care service which can signpost people to a number of agencies or charities who can provide specialist support to those in need."

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Victims are being encouraged to seek help as soon as possible

WHAT TO DO IF YOU NEED HELP

Anyone who might have been a victim of sexual abuse or violence is asked to speak out and get the support they need.

You can contact the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) on their 24-hour helpline be calling 0808 168 0024.

For incidents involving children, the NSPCC can also be contacted on 0808 800 5000. 

Sexual abuse can be reporting to Wiltshire Police on on 101 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

If it's an emergency, you should always call 999.

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