Centre to help rape victims opens in Crawley

Rape Crisis Surrey and Sussex opens a centre in Crawley - Crawley MP Henry Smith, RCSAS CEO Yvone Traynor, Mayor Cllr Chris Cheshire, counselling lead Laura Joanknecht, independent sexual violence advocate manager Rebecca Hitchen and Nina Mistry, policy manager at the Ministry of Justice - staff photo
Rape Crisis Surrey and Sussex opens a centre in Crawley - Crawley MP Henry Smith, RCSAS CEO Yvone Traynor, Mayor Cllr Chris Cheshire, counselling lead Laura Joanknecht, independent sexual violence advocate manager Rebecca Hitchen and Nina Mistry, policy manager at the Ministry of Justice - staff photo
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A specialist centre to help survivors of rape and sexual abuse opened in Crawley today (Friday June 26).

Funding from the Ministry of Justice has made it possible for Rape Crisis Surrey and Sussex (RCSAS) to expand its work here following success in South London.

CEO Yvonne Traynor said: “The RCSAS Crawley centre exists to fill the gaps existing in the current survivor support network in Surrey and Sussex. It aims to bring expert services to any female survivors of sexual abuse in the local area - including those hard-to-reach-groups.”

The Crawley branch will serve female survivors of sexual abuse across East Surrey and Sussex. It will provide access to specialised counselling, an independent advocates to help victims taking their cases to the police and through the courts as well as an outreach and education service trying to break the silence sexual abuse in society.

Crawley mayor Chris Cheshire, who was at the launch said: “This is long overdue. In intend to do my best to circulate this information as far and wide as I can so it becomes known in our community that there is work going on with empower women to disclose problems of sexual violence.”

Henry Smith MP added: “I think support for women and girls who have been victims of rape and sexual abuse has not been as strong as it could be and this centre will play a vital role in supporting victims deal with this appalling crime.”

The Rape Crisis helpline, 0808 802 9999 everyday from 12noon to 2.30pm and 7pm to 9.30pm.

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