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New Sexual Assualt Centre Opened

Dawn Primarolo has opened a new centre in Bristol to support the victims of rape and sexual assault.  The Bridge, at the Central Clinic on Tower Hill, will provide emotional support for victims, as well as being able to offer help for those who wish to pursue a criminal investigation.  The project has been set up thanks to a partnership between the NHS, Avon and Somerset Constabulary and voluntary organisations. 

 

Commenting on the new facilities, Dawn said:

 

“This centre is hugely important for Bristol and the surrounding areas.  Rape and sexual assault are absolutely appalling crimes, and we need to do everything we can both to catch the perpetrators and support the victims.  What’s different about The Bridge is that it is entirely victim orientated.  That means that people can choose what advice and support they receive, as well as when and whether they wish to speak to the police.  I would urge anyone who has been the victim of rape or a sexual assault to make use of the facilities at The Bridge.  I hope that they will be able to offer support and comfort during the most difficult of times for people.”

 

To contact The Bridge, you can either telephone 0117 342 6999, email turntothebridge@uhbristol.nhs.uk, or visit www.turntothebridge.org.

[20 February 2009]

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