VS responds to Rotherham sexual abuse verdicts

23 February 2016

Lesley McLean, Manager for the independent charity Victim Support in Rotherham, said:

“These convictions are testament to the bravery of the vulnerable girls who came forward to give evidence in court – this can be extremely stressful, especially in a high profile trial.

“As a charity which supported many of these victims through our Vulnerable Victims Programme, and thousands of victims of sexual assault every year, we know that this harrowing crime can have a long-lasting, devastating impact on people’s lives. It’s vital that victims are aware of the support available to them.

“Victim Support’s specially trained staff and volunteers offer free and confidential practical help and emotional support no matter when a crime took place or if the police are involved. To get in touch, you can call our Supportline team on 08 08 16 89 111 or self-refer through our website by visiting victimsupport.org.uk.”