Merseyside support group for rape and sexual assault victims des

 

Bill Esterson MP

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said an under-threat support group for victims of rape and sexual assault deserved funding increases and not Tory-Lib Dem cuts.

Merseyside's Rape and Sexual Abuse service is facing an uncertain future after its funding was slashed by the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.

The service, which has as many as 400 people on its books, is often the first port of call for woman who have been attacked.

But the services which Rasa provides are underthreat because the government has slashed its funding.

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said the cuts were an insult to a service which so many people have relied on.

Bill said: "The service which Rasa Merseyside provides are crucial victims of sexual crimes - victims who are very often feeling very vulnerable and require skilled help.

"It is simply outrageous that funding for this service is being cut back.

"It shows that the Tories and Lib Dems are out of touch. They clearly don't know the need for services like this and I will oppose these heartless cost cutting plans."

Rasa was founded in 1986 by local women who wanted to give support to women who were victims of rape and sexual abuse.

Bill said: "Through the hundreds of women who have been helped by Rasa, it is clear that the service is invaluable. They provide help and assistance  to women at a time when they most need it and provide advice on a range of issues.

"Through Rasa, women have the opportunity to turn to a trained woman for support and information whenever they need help.

"Instead of having their funding slashed, Rasa should be getting its funding increased so it can expand the fantastic work that they do."