North East to get new rape crisis centre

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SEX attack victims can seek help at five new support centres, including one in the North East.

Justice Minister Crispin Blunt announced the locations of the centres, which will be backed by £600,000 of taxpayers’ cash.

In the Commons, he said: “Over the next 12 months the Ministry of Justice will provide nearly £600,000 in funding to develop new centres in mid Wales, Northumbria, Leeds, Southend and Suffolk.”

Mr Blunt said later that rape and sexual violence are traumatising crimes which ruin lives and they want to ensure victims of these terrible crimes get the specialist support they need to recover.

Rape Crisis welcome the Government’s announcement to fund five new Rape Crisis Centres.

A spokeswoman said: “It is vital women and girls who experience sexual violence are able to access services when and where they need them.”