In February of this year, Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC) conducted a research project aimed at understanding the discrepancy between the help South Asian women and girls were asking them for within community settings in Coventry, and the relatively few who went on to access their main support services.
The resulting report, which will be launched on Tuesday 23rd September 2014, determines the key challenges and possibilities in effecting change and enabling South Asian victims and survivors of sexual violence and abuse in Coventry to get the support, protection and justice they deserve.
The report launch will take place between 9am and 12.30 pm at St Peter’s Centre, Charles Street, Coventry, CV1 5NP.
In the wake of the Rotherham revelations, the recent high profile cases evidencing widespread sexual exploitation of women and girls and the culture of victim blaming towards women and girls in the wider community, this research takes on a heightened relevance to the importance of CRASAC’s work in Coventry and the implications across the entire UK.
In consultation with local community members and religious leaders as well as South Asian victims and survivors of sexual violence and abuse in Coventry, CRASAC’s research makes it clear that in the absence of informed debate, those suffering very real traumatising abuse are doing so in unsupported silence, their hurt unspoken and out of sight. As one client stated:
“They were keen to protect our family’s reputation and forced me to keep it secret. Now I am unable to take the burden of guilt and shame.”