Saturday, July 13, 2024

MP urges support for rape crisis as reports of historic abuse surge

THURROCK MP, Jackie Doyle Price rose on the floor of the House of Commons to urge support for organisations such as South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre (Sericc) as reports of historical abuse surge.

Jackie Doyle-Price (Thurrock, Conservative)

“As my right hon. Friend may be aware, rape crisis centres are reporting a considerable increase in activity as victims of historical abuse come forward. While it is welcome that people are responding to how seriously we are all taking these allegations, we do not want to be unable to right the wrong they have suffered by not being in a position to give them adequate support. Will she make sure that the infrastructure we have in place to support rape and abuse victims is satisfactory and supports them to get closure?

Theresa May (Home Secretary; Maidenhead, Conservative)

“I recognise the problem my hon. Friend raises, and only last week I heard directly from representatives of rape crisis centres about the increase in the number of historical victims coming forward. The Government have been able to provide some extra funding for rape crisis centres to put them on a more stable footing and to open some new centres, but I recognise that there are issues in respect of their ability to handle the volume of people coming forward and also the appropriate way to deal with them, as many of the recent therapies have not always satisfied the needs of some of those victims.”

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