Sex vi­o­lence sur­vivors urged to tell of or­deal

Rochdale Observer - - PARK MEMORIAL - Beth.ab­bit@men­media.co.uk @BethAb­bitMEN

WOMEN across Greater Manch­ester are be­ing asked to share their experiences of sex­ual vi­o­lence and ex­ploita­tion for a huge sur­vey.

It is hoped the project will improve the help and sup­port for sur­vivors of these or­deals.

Manch­ester Ac­tion On Street Health (MASH), Manch­ester Rape Cri­sis and Traf­ford Rape Cri­sis are call­ing on women from across the re­gion to share their experiences, anony­mously, for the 18-month Voices Of Sur­vivors project.

MASH CEO Cate Al­li­son said the pi­o­neer­ing scheme has al­ready been run­ning for six months.

She said: “The first part has been an on­go­ing on­line ques­tion­naire. That’s an im­por­tant part of the project. We’re try­ing to get as many women as pos­si­ble to take part.

“The next phase will be about reach­ing some of those women who don’t speak English. It’s for any women at all who have ex­pe­ri­enced sex­ual vi­o­lence or sex­ual ex­ploita­tion of any kind. It could vary from child­hood abuse to a sex­ual as­sault on pub­lic trans­port.

“It’s all about us un­der­stand­ing what would help women in these sit­u­a­tions in fu­ture.

“Although we want to reach the women we al­ready work with we also want to reach who are not tra­di­tion­ally seen as vic­tims.

“It’s com­pletely con­fi­den­tial and the re­sponses will be an­a­lysed by peo­ple with the right skills.

“We will ask what kind of sup­port they found use­ful and we will use it to improve our ser­vices and in­flu­ence pol­icy mak­ers.

“We also want to know who else is out there that women might turn to and can we help these or­gan­i­sa­tions be bet­ter equipped.”

Lloyds Bank Foun­da­tion do­nated £83,000 to fund the project and the re­sults will be an­a­lysed by Drs Kate Cook and Becky Clarke, from Manch­ester Metropoli­tan Uni­ver­sity. The project was of­fi­cially launched at the Methodist Cen­tral Build­ings in Manch­ester city cen­tre last week.

Greater Manch­ester’s Deputy Mayor for Po­lice and Crime Bev­er­ley Hughes was the key­note speaker at the event at the Methodist Cen­tral Build­ings.

The re­sults are due to be pub­lished next spring.

Any­one who would like to take part in the sur­vey can fill in the on­line form at http:// vosgm.org.uk/ ●●Women from across Greater Manch­ester are be­ing urged to share their experiences of sex­ual vi­o­lence anony­mously as part of a ma­jor sur­vey

●●Greater Manch­ester’s deputy mayor for Po­lice and Crime Bev­er­ley Hughes was a speaker at the launch

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