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Turning Colchester and Clacton Purple for Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week

4/2/2019

Turning Colchester and Clacton Purple for Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week

 

Colchester Town Hall, Clacton Pier and Clacton Town Hall will be turning purple for Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week which runs between 4th and 10th February 2019. 

 

The initiative is co-ordinated by CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse), a charity working with victims and survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse from across mid and north Essex, including from outreach premises in Clacton and Harwich.  Over the last year, CARA has supported just under 1,200 adults, young people and children, with over 500 coming from Colchester and 220 coming from Tendring.

 

Sadly, sexual violence and child sexual abuse are very common, particularly affecting women and girls.  The Ministry of Justice estimates that more than 1 in 5 women and up to 1 in 10 men has experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 16.   The NSPCC estimates that 1 in 20 children has been sexually abused – that’s one or two children in every school classroom.

 

2019 is CARA’s 30th year of supporting survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse and Turning Clacton Purple is the first in a series of events planned to mark this milestone. 

CARA is hoping to raise £30,000 in its 30th year through events, fundraising activities and donations.

  

CARA’s Director, Helen Parr said: “Demand for CARA’s services has more than trebled over the last five years and CARA has had to grow very rapidly to respond to this increased demand.  We need to secure funding so that we can support the many victims and survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse who need our help - now and in the future. 

We are delighted that Colchester Borough Council, Clacton Pier and Tendring District Council are supporting us in our 30th year and Turning Colchester and Clacton Purple for Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week.” 

 

Cllr Mike Lilley, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Public Safety & Licencing, said: “I’m delighted that, by turning the Town Hall purple during Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week, we are helping to shine a light on the important work CARA does to support victims. 

“Sexual violence and child sexual abuse is sadly prevalent in all communities, regardless of background, so it is important that we do whatever we can to support others to help raise awareness and help prevent these abhorrent crimes.”

 

Clacton Pier Director, Elliot Ball said it is important to get behind any initiative which tries to create safer communities for all.  “The Pier will be proud to turn purple for the week to help raise awareness of this very important issue and support CARA’s vital work to reduce sexual abuse and sexual violence”.

 

Cllr Lynda McWilliams, Tendring District Council Cabinet Member responsible for Community Safety, said it was important to raise awareness not only of this often-hidden issue, but also for the good work CARA does supporting victims.  “I am pleased that we are able to turn the Town Hall purple and take part in Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week – particularly in 2019 which is CARA’s 30th anniversary,” Cllr McWilliams said.

“While it is a shame CARA is needed at all, it is vital we do all that we can to support those who are victims to some of the most horrific crimes.”

 

To find out more about the services CARA provides, make a donation to the support the charity’s work or find out about the events CARA has planned for its 30th year go to www.caraessex.org.uk

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