If We Want To Help Victims, We Can Start By Helping Police

An alarming increase in reporting of sexual offences has put added pressure on both support services and police.

More than 500 victims across the North East have sought help in the past year alone.

And that figure relates only to new cases, not those that the Centre Against Violence see on an ongoing basis.

The centre’s chief executive Kerry Burns said she believed the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse had prompted more men to come forward seeking help.

Ms Burns said because the most common form of sexual assault was by a friend or family member, it was often the case that people were not aware how often it was happening, creating a false perception that sexual assault doesn’t happen much “around here”.


Read more in Border Mail.

Source: www.bordermail.com.au


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