Professionals discuss new sexual assault services

Published: 22 September 2009 at 13:09

A workshop explains the work of the new Cambridgeshire Sexual Assault Referral Centre

A new Sexual Assault Referral Clinic (SARC) is being launched in Peterbrough to provide much needed support to victims of sexual abuse and violence. The new centre will be located at Oasis at Rivergate and is run by Peterbrough Community Services.

While there are a few other centres like this nationally, this is the first centre of its kind in the Cambridge region.To coincide with the launch, Anglia Ruskin University’s Faculty of Health and Social Care is running a workshop that will aim to help health and social care professionals gain a basic understanding of the services that the new Sexual Assault Referral Centre will provide and how these can be accessed effectively to ensure victims are well supported and cared for.The role of crisis workers, forensic scientists, and the police will be fully outlined.

Discussion will then centre on what sexual violence is and what the current Government response is to sexual assault including rape.

Speaking about the introductory workshop, Andrew Kirk from the Faculty of Health and Social Care said:

 “Countrywide, there are approximately 4 sexual assaults per week. A centre which offers support to these victims is an essential requirement.”

“The reason for the workshop is to help the professionals who get involved with these cases to understand more about the services that are on offer. The idea is to get people talking about the relevant services in order that the widest range of people can be given right and timely advice and help. Anything that can be done to minimise the effects of such distressing assaults will clearly be welcomed by all.”

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