Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Week

#itsnotok and we are here to help and support you. That’s the message from those whose job it is to help anyone affected by sexual abuse and violence.

This week marks Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week, a national campaign raising awareness on the help available to those affected by sexual abuse or sexual violence and aims to empower them to come forward should they need help.

Throughout the week, agencies involved will be sharing information with the #itsnotok to try and start conversations in the island and reach anyone who may need help.

Every year on average, 131 sexual offences are reported to the States of Jersey Police, but it is believed that many more go unreported.

All of the agencies involved with these types of crime are committed to ensuring that the victims are provided with a safe, non-judgemental and caring service. They aim to put the victim back in control and provide support that can minimise the long-term consequences.

The Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) at Dewberry House, provides expert independent and confidential support to victims of sexual abuse. The Centre comprises of a team of experts with a wealth of knowledge and experience in advising, supporting and treating anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted.

Jersey Domestic Abuse Support (JDAS), is an independent service developed to protect and support victims of domestic or sexual abuse. The team can provide practical and emotional support and a safe and confidential space to meet.

Anyone who would like to speak to someone in confidence about sexual abuse or violence can contact police on 01534 612612, or staff at Dewberry House on 01534 888555, or JDAS on 01534 880505.