A recent announcement by MP Helen Grant has shown the nations consistent push for the support of sexual incident survivors. Grant announced additional funding of £4 million to The Survivors Trust, an initiative that aims to support survivors of sexual incidents, and other related incidents, be they adults or children, giving a professional service and providing counselling, such as helplines. They are thoroughly dedicated in their determination to raise awareness of sexual incidents as an increasing occurrence.
The mission statement of the trust is ‘Together we are committed to empowering survivors and their supporters to work through and beyond the experience of [these kinds of occurences]’ By providing a place of support and counselling methods, the Trust seeks to help those that otherwise stay in silence, or simply those who may feel they have far from a lot of people to turn to for advice. The advice given is by over 130 professionally trained staff.
The funding of £4 million may primarily be used for the establishment of four new support centres run by The Survivors Trust, with bases in Reading, Berkshire and Central Lancashire, expected to start up in January 2014.
The Trust regards this move as important in order for survivors of all areas to be able to benefit from the support, and it unites the community in its wish to help survivors. The Ministry of Justice previously funded the trust in 2010 and 2012 in the development of the Dorset Rape Crisis Support Centre and the Mid Wales Rape Support Centre. The Regional Development Manager of The Survivors Trust, Namita Prakash, expressed her admiration of a ‘survivor focused, comprehensive and responsive service’.
The Survivors Trust is one of many iniatives that work to support survivors of sexual incidents. The funding towards theses charities needs to be constant in order to benefit victims and raise awareness of the occurrence of these incidents, in order to build upon the excellent support offered by The Survivors Trust and support centres across the country.