As the details of Operation Sanctuary and subsequent convictions of the perpetrators are made public knowledge, Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland would like to speak directly to all women and girls who have been affected by sexual violence.
If you need support, help or advice, we are here and we believe you. If you have been affected by sexual violence at any time in your life, you can talk to us by calling our free telephone helpline on 0800 035 2794.
If you have been affected by what you have seen or heard on the news over recent days, you can talk to us confidentially by calling our free telephone helpline on 0800 035 2794.
As a result of Operation Sanctuary, more than 278 victims have been supported and we must commend each and every one of them for the courage and bravery they have shown throughout these trials.
While this figure highlights how very real this problem is – the number only skims the surface of the web of sexual abuse being experienced by vulnerable people in towns and cities up and down our country.
We hope yesterday’s verdicts give those who have been abused but who have not yet contacted the police, the confidence to do so.
Whether you decide to contact the police or not, we are here to offer advice and support which includes counselling, a free telephone helpline and emotional support.
For women who need to talk to someone about rape or sexual abuse
Call Our Helpline: 0800 035 2794
Tuesday – Thursday (6pm – 8.30pm), Friday (11am – 2pm)