New helpline launched for sexual exploitation victims in Rotherham

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A new confidential helpline has been launched for victims of sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

It provides a 24-hour support service for people who have suffered abuse in the past, or those being exploited now.

The Rotherham sexual exploitation helpline is being run by national charity, the NSPCC, on behalf of Rotherham Borough Council, and provides support to people of all ages.

The confidential helpline and email address will be staffed 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week.

Rotherham Council Leader, Paul Lakin, said: “It takes an incredible amount of courage for someone who has suffered abuse to take that first step and seek help.

“In talking to groups and organisations we know how important it is that when people feel the time is right for them to ask for support, it is crucial that we make sure help is as easy to find as possible.

“This confidential helpline provides a single point of contact for people of all ages who want to speak to someone about their experiences, and seek further help and support.”

John Cameron, the NSPCC’s Head of Child Protection Operations, added: “It’s really important that people who have been sexually abused or exploited know that there is support out there for them.

“Talking about abuse is a very brave thing to do and takes an enormous amount of courage. We know it can take some victims years, even decades, to come forward as they come to terms with what has happened to them.

“Our helpline practitioners provide a safe place for anyone who wants to talk about their own concerns or those they may have for someone else.

“Their views will be taken seriously and we will do whatever we can to provide them with the independent information, advice and action they need.”

Contact the helpline on 0800 7319 256 or send an email to rotherhamcsesupport@NSPCC.org.uk