Don’t stay silent about sexual abuse

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, is urging victims of sexual abuse and sexual violence not to keep silent about their experiences.

Speaking during Sexual Violence Awareness Week, the Commissioner highlighted concerns from support agencies that cases of sexual violence are going unreported during the pandemic.

Supporting victims of crime is one of the Commissioner’s key priorities in his Police and Crime Plan for Gwent, and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner invests almost £300,000 per year into two specialist services for victims of sexual abuse and sexual violence.

Jeff Cuthbert said: “No one should have to suffer from sexual abuse and sexual violence. Sadly, cases are going under reported during this pandemic.

"We know that incidents are occurring at house parties and gatherings. Victims may be afraid of getting fined for breaking Covid-19 regulations if they come forward.

"I want to reassure people that if you have been a victim of these appalling crimes then help is available. You do not have to worry about being in trouble. Please don’t suffer in silence. Speak out and report it.”

Victims can report incidents to Gwent Police via 101, or call 999 in an emergency.

Help is also available through dedicated sexual abuse and sexual violence support services.

New Pathways provides rape crisis and sexual abuse support services, and specialist services for child victims of sexual abuse.

Website: www.newpathways.org.uk
Email: enquiries@newpathways.org.uk
Phone: 01685 379 310

Cyfannol Women’s Aid provide domestic abuse and sexual violence support services across Gwent.

Website: https://cyfannol.org.uk
Phone: 01495 742052

Connect Gwent victims’ hub offers a wide range of support and you do not have to have reported a crime to the police to access these services.

Website: www.umbrellacymru.co.uk/connect-gwent
Email: connectgwent@gwent.pnn.police.uk
Phone: 0300 123 2133