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Launch of Sexual Violence Strategy

12 June, 2008


Sinn Féin MLA and Party Spokesperson on Women Jennifer McCann has welcomed the launch of today's strategy aimed at tackling sexual violence and abuse.

The Tackling Sexual Violence and Abuse Strategy is being launched today, Thursday 12th June, at Stormont hotel at 11.15am.

Ms McCann said:

"The crime of sexual violence and abuse has a devastating effect on the lives of its victims and their families.

"Very often they are left without the support and advocacy services that they need.

"Victims and survivors played a key role in the development of this strategy, and it is supported by a number of government departments.

"It will bring forward a clearer awareness of the needs of victims and create the conditions where people feel safer and more confident about coming forward to report these crimes.

"Victims and Survivors of sexual violence and abuse need to know that they will have access to justice and the support services they need." ENDS

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