REACHING OUT TO THE VICTIMS OF HOLIDAY SEX CRIMES; Support Centre Service as Research Shows One in Ten British Women Harassed on Med Holidays
Byline: Cara Simpson HEALTH REPORTER
A SUPPORT centre for Coventry and Warwickshire is reaching out to people who have been victims of rape and sexual abuse abroad.
The new Blue Sky Centre is urging people who have been sexually assaulted while on holiday to come forward after recent research showed nearly one in ten British women are attacked or sexually harassed while holidaying in the Mediterranean. The sexual assault referral centre at the George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton provides emergency medical treatment, emotional support and referrals to other agencies for people of all ages, genders and ethnicities since it opened in March this year.
Now the centre's deputy manager, Cheryl Evans, is reaching out to those who have experienced sexual assault outside of the country. The call comes after a study from the European Institute of Studies on Prevention made national headlines by revealing the extent to which British tourists fall victim to sexual attacks in Crete, Cyprus, Italy, Spain and Portugal. One in 60 returning holidaymakers claimed they had been raped, a figure eight times higher than the domestic rate in the UK. …