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Sinn Féin back call for North West Sexual Assault Referral Centre

24 June, 2008

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has backed the call for a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) to be built in Derry.

Mr McCartney said:

"The trauma women experience as a result of sexual assault should not be exacerbated by having to travel for examination and counselling in the immediate aftermath of such an attack."

Mr McCartney said that with a rise in the number of attacks across Derry, Donegal and the West Tyrone region it was unacceptable that there is no SARC in the North West.

He added:

"We must treat these attacks with the utmost seriousness and sensitivity by making sure that victims have immediate and local access to trauma and counselling services." ENDS

Note to Editors

Raymond McCartney will meet with Hugh Orde along with Marie Brown from Foyle Women's Aid to discuss the impact of such a centre for the North West.

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