Sexual Violence Awareness Week: what to do if you’re a victim of sexual abuse

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Running from the 4th-10th February, the week hopes to make people who have been affected by sexual violence more comfortable in coming forward and seeking help from services across Stoke-on-Trent.

The Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Team at Staffordshire University and local counselling charity Savana have joined the campaign to show their support and highlight what support is available to victims.

The Sexual Violence Liason Officers (SVLO’s) in the team have specialist knowledge & skills to appropriately support any survivors of Sexual Assault or Violence.

They have pledged to adopt a University-wide approach which commits to tackling sexual misconduct and Violence and all forms of harassment and hate crime.

This will be achieved in part through their ‘No Excuse’ campaign, a dedicated project which encourages a culture of respect to strengthen the prevention of sexual violence, harassment and hate crimes.

Staffs Union President, Tash Crump said: “We’re proud to be working with the University and tackling this issue head on. Over the last year we’ve been working hard on our ‘Be Safe’ and ‘Ask Angela’ Game Changers, and the addition of #NoExcuse is another fantastic step forward.

“With trained Sexual Violence Liaison Officers throughout the University and Union, and a new campaign concentrating on behaviour change, we’re ready to make a real difference to the students and staff here at Staffs.”

Hanley-based charity Savana also offers free services to victims of sexual violence.

Cheryl, who works for the organisation, said: “We support anyone that has been affected by sexual violence. We are a charity which is funded externally so none of our clients have to pay for anything.

We have been running for over 30 years now and have almost 50 counsellors.”

Their services include a counselling service, support for those going through the justice system and weekly workshops to help those affected bring their confidence back.

If you have been a victim of sexual violence and would like to find out more about services available, go to https://www.savana.org.uk or for student services visit: http://www.staffs.ac.uk/student-services/get-support.jsp

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