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Sexual Violence Awareness Week

posted by: Susan Mills

Sexual Violence Awareness Week, 5-11 February, is an opportunity to spotlight the essential role the NHS can play in preventing abuse and supporting survivors.

Sexual violence impacts on many people; the Crime Survey for England and Wales estimated that 773,000 adults aged 16 to 74 years in year ending 2020 were victims of sexual assault.

Sexual violence impacts on physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health, and the NHS offers spaces in which survivors can disclose.

Anyone can be affected by sexual violence, and it’s important to know what help is available. If you’ve been raped or sexually assaulted (or you know someone who has), Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) offer medical, practical and emotional support.

To find out more or to seek confidential support, please see Devon and Cornwall SARC website or call 0300 303 4626.

 

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