Lorne Green: It is safe for victims of sexual abuse to speak out and seek support
PUBLISHED: 13:15 10 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:15 10 February 2018
Archant Norfolk 2018
Over this last week, I’ve joined forces with individuals and organisations across the country to raise awareness of sexual abuse and sexual violence.
If you’re a regular user of social media, you may have seen the #ItsNotOk hashtag being used to encourage victims of sexual abuse and violence to speak out and seek support.
In my role as the victims’ champion, I am responsible for ensuring victims are respected and supported in the criminal justice system and that, wherever possible, there are services in place to help them to cope and recover from what they have experienced.
This week, Norfolk Police have been urging victims to come forward and speak to them and the specially trained staff at Norfolk’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre, known as The Harbour Centre. My focus has been on sending the message to survivors of sexual abuse that, once you take that monumental step of talking to someone about what you are going through or have experienced, help and support are available.
Last month, I announced that I had doubled my grant funding for the Sue Lambert Trust - the only Norfolk-based provider of specialist comprehensive support for survivors.
This week, I was proud to be able to confirm that the Norfolk charity will receive the same amount - £155,000 – for next year to help fund the support services it provides. I truly admire the commitment and dedication shown by the team at the Sue Lambert Trust, who work from Norwich and Great Yarmouth with satellite services in King’s Lynn and Thetford.
From face-to-face counselling and self-help groups to practical and emotional support, I’ve heard first-hand how their services make a difference to those seeking their help.
While I wish those services weren’t needed, it is comforting to know that the Sue Lambert Trust staff and volunteers are on hand to provide first-class help and support.