[P]eople from across the LGBT community are being asked to take part in a survey to identify the true level of sexual abuse and violence and the barriers to reporting.
The research has been commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner and is being undertaken by Outreach Cumbria. The results of the survey will be used to develop an action plan to break down the barriers of reporting and give people the confidence and relevant information to come forward and report.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall said: “Anecdotal evidences suggests that sexual abuse is under-reported in the LGBT community. The aim of the consultation is to ascertain the level of sexual assault and why people are hesitant to come forward and report.
“I would urge people if they are a victim of a sexual abuse to report it. This can be to the Police or to The Bridgeway. The Bridgeway is a specialist support service that supports men, woman and children in Cumbria who have been raped or sexually assaulted either recently or in the past.”
Ben Vollans from Outreach Cumbria added: “We have been working hard on trying to get as many people from our community to fill these surveys out, whether it be in paper form at an event we have been at, the main survey on our website, and recently we have just launched our text service too.
“We really are looking for as many people to come forward who have been affected or know someone who has been affected, and to fill out our surveys. The information will help those who haven’t come forward already to finally report the incident and also make it easier for future cases too.
“The Bridgeway is a free independent advice service and works for the victim to suit their needs. It can be accessed by self-referral, so no need to go to the police if you don’t want to.”
The survey can be found at: www.outreachcumbria.co.uk/
Closing date 15th December.