15th Dec, 2017

Rape crisis centre receives much-needed charitable donation

Coventry Editorial 8th May, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A CITY organisation which offers specialist advice and support to survivors of rape and sexual abuse has benefited from a much-needed charitable donation.

Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC) will now be able to fund the training of a counsellor to provide a breakthrough specialist anxiety therapy thanks to a donation from law firm Irwin Mitchell.

There are currently no counsellors at CRASAC trained to carry out the cutting-edge Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, but the cash-injection will change that and mean for the first time the centre will be able to offer it to the nearly 6,000 women, men and children it supports every year.

Thanking Irwin Mitchel for their donation, Jacqui Bowman, therapeutic services manager at CRASAC, said: “This type of support and partnership is essential for CRASAC to be able to develop new services to meet the ever increasing needs of survivors of sexual violence in Coventry.

“Adding EMDR to our range of therapeutic interventions will benefit our clients immensely, and we are grateful to Irwin Mitchell for making this possible.”

Rosanna Thorne, a specialist abuse solicitor at Irwin Mitchell and trustee board member for CRASAC, added: “We are really pleased to be able to support survivors of abuse with a new type of therapy that is currently unavailable at the centre.

“It is promising to see that our donation can assist these victims in coming to terms with what has happened to them and helping them to move forward with their lives.”

CRASAC has been providing vital support services for survivors of rape and sexual abuse in Coventry for the last 35 years.

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