Anyone suffering sexual violence or abuse regardless of gender, age, race, faith, religion, disability, or sexuality should be able to get recovery support from local services. In Middlesbrough we are determined to support victims to rebuild their lives, report these crimes, and make sure abusers are brought to justice.
The effects of sexual violence on victims can include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), drug and substance misuse, self-harm, and suicide. But when victims get the support they need, when they need it, they're more likely to take positive steps to recovery. So it's important that victims of sexual violence have good access to local services, whether or not they want to report anything to the police.