The charity specialises in dealing with the issues people suffer from because of rape, sexual abuse, domestic violence or previous child sex abuse.
The Rotherham Women’s Counselling Service has set up a weekly six-hour service, which will enable both male and female victims the opportunity to discuss their issues. The phone line is to be manned by trained counsellors every Thursday from 09:00 to 11:30 and Friday from 12:30 to 15:00.
Rape, sexual abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault can all cause psychological trauma injury and this can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. If sustained in childhood and left untreated, the effects can last a lifetime. An adult who sustains these psychological injuries will have them for the remainder of their life if they are not treated.
Statistics from ‘Rape Crisis’ reveal that an estimated 1 in 4 women suffer rape or attempted rape in the UK, with the majority of cases involving someone the victim knows. This figure is far higher than official police statistics would suggest.
The effects of sexual harassment, sexual abuse or rape can have a devastating effect on the life of that person and their families. These can be long lasting and can have a significant impact on how they lead a normal life, both from a social and work perspective.
Business development manager for The Rotherham Women’s Counselling Service, Sandra Moule said, “The idea behind the telephone help line is for people who may be already receiving counselling, for people who are contemplating it or people who are on our waiting list. It will give them the opportunity to speak to someone who understands.”
The phone line has been funded by the Ministry of Justice.
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