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Abuse Charity Cash Boost
1:06pm 19th February 2014
A Cornish charity supporting victims of sexual violence says a cash grant will protect it from making cuts.
The Women's Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre is being handed almost half a million pounds.
It is planning to expand to Bude, Launceston and Saltash.
Spokeswoman Maggie Parks said: "We live in a very rural area, transport is really, really difficult and for women who live in those isolated rural communities it is really very difficult for them to access the support they need, when they need it.
"It is going to make a difference, however had we not go this money there would have been cuts in services. So actually this money is going to contribute to keeping those services going as well as a small piece of development."
She added that that development will hopefully come in the form of a trauma support service: "One of the things we know about sexual abuse and sexual violence is that the trauma can actually reside in the body and create a lot of physical symptoms as well as emotional and psychological symptoms."
Rosie, a current service user, said: "It's wonderful that WRSAC has received this money and to know that they will be continuing to provide me and other victims with support. As a survivor I have seen support services come and go and every time it happens it sets your recovery back just that little bit. It doesn't make sense to not provide long term funding for services when without it we are in fact prolonging the recovery of thousands and thousands of people that need stable services to work through their issues. The services that have contributed to my recovery have literally saved my life."
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