Cumbria county council raise awareness of rape and sexual offences.

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Cumbria Constabulary continue to raise awareness about Rape and Serious Sexual Offences, during a dedicated month-long campaign.

The campaign highlighted areas including:

  • Sexual consent

  • Local support services available for victims

  • Improved police processes for this area of investigation

  • The launch of a new video tool for victims of rape or sexual assault. The video provides a first-person walk-through account of the Bridgeway Sexual Assault Referral Centre process.

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Join us today (Mon 30 Nov) at 12:30pm as we host a virtual Rape and Serious Sexual Offences awareness surgery over on our Facebook Page. 

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Our first week featured information and educational assets on consent.

Consent is a complex topic; however, detectives are warning the public that they need to fully understand sexual consent, or they may face the ‘life changing’ consequences of their actions.

Content shared by the constabulary included sanitised logs where consent was contested and video content on giving consent.

Between January 1st 2020 and October 26th 2020 (the date this data was compiled) there were 1079 incidents reported to Cumbria Constabulary:

  • 377 rape crimes
  •  702 other sexual offences
  • 135 N100 reports
    • N100 ensures that all reported incidents of rape or attempted rapes, whether from victims, witnesses or third parties which are not immediately recorded as a confirmed crime must be recorded under this classification at the time the report is initially made to the relevant force this includes reports made by third parties, through partnership working or from other agencies.

The majority of rapes and other sexual offences occur where the offender is known to the victim, stranger rapes are rare.

Week 2

Rape and sexual offences services supporting victims in Cumbria

As part of the ongoing November rape and serious sexual offences awareness campaign supported by Cumbria Constabulary, and Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, both organisations highlighted the services available to victims in the county.

Victims of rape and sexual assault can access help and support from services across Cumbria. Anyone can gain access to these services no matter how long ago the crime took place and whether the crime was reported to the Police or not. Each service offers tailored help to meet the victims wants and needs. The service user is in full control of the help they would like to receive. Available services are:

  • South: The Birchall Trust, Barrow, offers On-to-one counselling; art and play therapy; sexual abuse awareness training and Protective Behaviours Workshops to survivors of rape and sexual abuse. The service is open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and can be contacted on 01229 820828 and enquiries@birchalltrust.org.uk.
  • South: Women’s Community Matters, Barrow, can help with issues like domestic and sexual abuse, benefits and housing issues and mental wellbeing. They can also provide information on other services that can help you. They are open Monday 9.30am – 4pm, Tuesday 9.30am – 6pm, Wednesday 9.30am – 4pm, Thursday 9.30am – 6pm, Friday 9.30am – 1pm and can be reached on 01229 311102.
  • West: Women Out West, Whitehaven, can provide emotional support and advice on domestic abuse. They can also provide information on other services that can help you. They are open, Monday to Friday 9.30 – 2.30pm on 01946 550103.
  • North: Safety Net, Carlisle, provides counselling to survivors and help with practical issues that support recovery including family support, criminal justice and family court, employment, training, education, housing and finances. Safety Net is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, and can be contacted by phone on 01228 515 859 or email at office@safetynetuk.org

Week 3

Walk-through video to support victims of rape and serious sexual offences

The Bridgeway (SARC) is for people who have been victims of rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse across Cumbria.

These services include the forensic medical service at the SARC, access to Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) support and therapeutic services which are provided by The Birchall Trust in Barrow and South Lakeland areas, and by Safety Net in the Allerdale, Copeland, Carlisle and Eden areas.

The video shows a step-by-step walk-through for victims of rape and serious sexual offences, to help them understand the process before they attend the SARC. The video was created jointly, by the Constabulary and Bridgeway staff, to offer assurance, provide helpful information and to build familiarity, for victims at an already traumatic and sometimes confusing time.

To view the full release click here.