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CARA awarded £124,000 to help young victims of sexual violence and abuse


Local charity CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse) has been awarded a grant of £124,000 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme to undertake a new project, working with schools, colleges and youth groups from across mid and north Essex. 

The Healthy Sexual Relationships project will increase the support available to young people who have been victims of sexual violence or child sexual abuse, as well as enabling CARA to work with schools, colleges and youth groups to try and prevent sexual violence from happening in the first place.

CARA will be working closely with around 20 local schools, colleges and community groups to develop effective ways to combat sexual violence amongst young people.  This will include helping teachers and other professionals to ensure that young victims receive the support they need and delivering Sexual Violence Prevention Workshops to increase young people’s understanding of sexual violence and child sexual abuse, covering issues such as consent, sexualisation, social media, pornography and what constitutes a healthy and respectful sexual relationship.

The project will be managed by Ali Foxford.  Ali has been working as a Young Person’s Practitioner at CARA for over 10 years.  Ali said:

I’m very excited about the new project.  It’s a real opportunity to genuinely improve things for young people.  By helping them to understand sexual violence, we can start to prevent it happening in the first place, and by working with schools, colleges and community groups we can create a more positive culture - one where sexual violence isn’t tolerated or accepted and where victims and survivors are believed, supported and treated with fairness and respect. We are very grateful to the Big Lottery Fund for supporting us in this new and exciting project.”


The Healthy Sexual Relationships project is due to start on 1st June.  Schools, colleges and youth groups interested in getting involved should contact CARA on 01206 367881 or by e-mailing