News from Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence

Monday, 25 November 2013

Lady McFarlane joins The Glade to support White Ribbon Day

The Glade Sexual Assault Referral Centre is today 25 November 2013 welcoming Lady Susanna McFarlane, the Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire to join them and partners to mark White Ribbon Day – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Emma Durmaz - SARC Manager & Forensic Nurse Examiner said "We are delighted that Lady McFarlane will be joining us as a special guest alongside police, and other partners to mark White Ribbon Day and to coincide with the launch day of 16 Days of Action against gender based violence.

"The day is even more important because it is also our first anniversary and Lady McFarlane will be tying the White Ribbon around the tree that Lord Lieutenant Lady Darnley planted a year ago to commemorate the opening of the Centre."

Since opening on 25 November 2012, The Glade’s two centres based in Worcestershire and Telford have helped 239 men, women and children who have been raped or sexually assaulted find the support they require.

The event will also include a tour of the SARC to raise awareness of the support that is available to men, women and children as we want to encourage more people who have been raped or seriously sexually assaulted to come forward and seek help.

Emma continued "The Glade is open 24/7 to support you whether the assault has just happened or happened some time ago maybe when you were a child. Please do not hesitate to contact us on 0808 178 2058 as we can offer immediate support and medical attention to check your health and well-being as well as longer term counselling and other services to help you come to terms with what has happened to you. Please do not keep it to yourself, we have helped many people and you are not on your own.

"Deciding what to do next is a difficult decision for anyone but we want to help you by explaining and supporting you through the options available.

It can take some people a lifetime before they seek help and report a rape to the police or other agency. Please remember, it is never too late. This is normal.

One option is to assist the police by providing forensic evidence and information anonymously. This means you will not be identified to the police.
Any information you pass on helps the police to track crime patterns and build a profile of a perpetrator that could assist other similar investigations. However the Police cannot prosecute anyone for your assault without your support.

If you are unsure, we can arrange an informal chat with the police without them knowing who you are. We will support you through this, but it is your decision.

If you do decide to report an assault to the Police your identity will remain anonymous. The law protects you by giving anonymity to victims of sexual assault for your lifetime. This means that no information likely to lead to your identification as a victim can be published or broadcast.
The International Day for the elimination of Violence Against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for people around the world to speak out, stand up and wear a ribbon for the women in their lives by pledging never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards them.

Supt Graeme Pallister said "If you know anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted, please urge them to seek help by talking to someone about what has happened to them. There are many agencies that want to help.

"We would ask men in the region to show their support of the women in their lives by visiting to check they and their friends fully understand consent.
White Ribbon Day is about ending violence against women, but we are here to help and support men and children who can be raped too.

The campaign was launched in June 2013 by police, health, councils and support agencies across the Warwickshire and West Mercia region.