Government funding for rape and sexual abuse victims just not enough, says Chair of APPG on Sexual Violence.

Sarah Champion MP, Chair of the APPGs on Sexual Violence and Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, responds to the Government’s award of the three-year Rape Support Fund, which included a 10% funding increase for specialist sexual violence and abuse services:

 

‘Any increase in funding for victims & survivors of sexual violence is most welcome. 

 

In spite of their best efforts, specialist sexual violence and abuse services are unable to meet the incredible surge in demand of recent years. Recorded rapes are up 15% and Rape Crisis has seen a 17% increase in women wanting a service. Whilst a 10% increase in the fund is encouraging, it just isn’t enough.

 

I really welcome the introduction of three-year funding at it provides stability for the sector, who can now focus on delivering a quality service to survivors.”

 

On the uplift in funding for services in London:

 

“I commend the campaigning of Fern Champion, a remarkable woman who is doing so much for survivors of sexual violence and abuse.  To turn the horror she endured into a drive to help support others is hugely inspiring. 

 

Services outside of London also require substantial additional resource. Financial stability should not solely depend on personal  appeals but the evidence of need. The Government must become more strategic and proactive in funding specialist sexual violence and abuse services.

 

On the upcoming inquiry report on support for adult survivors of child sexual abuse:

 

“Our inquiry has heard from survivors across the country who are left with little information about coping with the trauma of abuse, and face long waiting lists for support. The inquiry’s report will put survivors’ voices at the forefront of a campaign to transform Government’s response to victims of the most heinous abuse.”

 

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

Ministry of Justice PR

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/funding-boost-for-victims-of-rape-and-sexual-abuse

 

The APPG Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse inquiry gathered evidence from survivors on their experience of the criminal justice system via a survivor survey; testimony in Parliament; oral evidence sessions from sector leads; written evidence.

 

The inquiry will publish four reports across the Spring and Summer of 2019. The first report, to be published shortly, focusses on survivors’ experiences of accessing support services, and information about the impact of abuse.

 

For more information about the inquiry’s findings, please contact: Jim.Pomeroy@parliament.uk.

Jim Pomeroy