Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, is urging victims of sexual violence to come forward in a bid to end the circle of silence around abuse.
The PCC is supporting the second National Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week, which takes place from the 6th-12th February.
The week aims to generate discussion among the general public, statutory bodies and third sector organisations about how best to tackle sexual violence, as well as empowering victims and sending out a clear message that the UK collectively will be saying ‘It’s Not Ok’.
On Tuesday 7th Feburary, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland and partners will run an event called 'Breaking the Silence on Sexual Violence' to coincide with the week of action.
Over 140 local professionals from the NHS, councils, police officers and not-for-profit organisations will learn how to spot the signs of sexual abuse and how to effectively support, safeguard and protect victims across Cleveland.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: "It's important victims of sexual abuse or sexual violence know they are not alone and understand that we are committed to bringing perpetrators to justice, an essential part of the regional Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy.
"In Cleveland, we are lucky to have access to a wide range of specialist services to support and protect victims of abuse. We must work hard to ensure victims know these services are available and ensure they have the confidence to come forward.
"Perpetrators need to hear our message - their actions are totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
Victims of sexual violence can contact the organisations below to access specialist help and support:
Arch North East
- Address: 22 Hoylake Road, Saltersgill, Middlesbrough, TS4 3JL
- Phone: 01642 822335
Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)
EVA Women's Aid
- Address: Eva Women's Aid, 86 High Street, Redcar, TS10 3DL
- Phone: 01642 490677
- Address: 15 Whitburn Street, Hartlepool, TS24 7QR
- Phone: 03000 202 525
- Address: Vanguard Suite, 307a Broadcasting House, Middlesbrough, TS1 5JA
- Phone: 01642 683 045
- Address: East West Centre, Ayresome Green Lane, Middlesbrough, TS5 5BA
- Phone: 01642 819743
Posted on Monday 6th February 2017