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Jimmy Savile Scandal Sparks Rise in Cornwall Abuse Reports
8:27am 14th November 2012
(Updated 8:27am 14th November 2012)
Pirate FM has learnt that a Cornish charity that helps victims of sexual abuse has seen a jump in calls since the Jimmy Savile scandal.
The Women's Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre says just under 60 are on its waiting list right now.
That is the highest number in the charity's history.
Spokeswoman Lizzie Matthews says the allegations against the presenter are having an impact: "People are beginning to think that they will be believed and that they are going to be taken seriously. Obviously we will always take anybody seriously and we believe women when they come forward and report sexual abuse. We would urge anybody to come forward and to seek support.
"Children and young women who are sexually abused often feel guilty and feel that they've actually agreed to being abused when they haven't and they've not been in a position to give consent. It's really important to understand that it is always the perpetrator's responsibility."
8:27am 14th November 2012
Sexual violence is what happens when someone does not consent to a sexual act. There are many different kinds of sexual violence from flashing and voyeurism to sexual assault and rape. It can happen to anyone – women, men, girls and boys. No one ever deserves or asks for it to happen.
If you have been a victim of rape, you may be experiencing a wide range of emotions and reactions that can be very upsetting. This is quite normal for someone who has been through such a traumatic experience. You may feel:
Shock and numbness
Shame and humiliation
Guilt and self- blame
The Women's Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre is urging anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse, historically or recently, to come forward.
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