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Charity's joy at funding boost.

Byline: Naomi Corrigan Reporter naomi.corrigan@trinitymirror.com

A CHARITY which was overwhelmed by calls for help from victims of sexual abuse has received a welcome funding boost.

e Home Oce announced a PS2m fund for organisations like Arch in Middlesbrough, which had seen increased demand following the launch of the independent panel inquiry into child sexual abuse.

Arch's bid for a share of the funding proved successful and the organisation was awarded PS37,500.

It means the charity can provide an extra 70 hours per month of counselling to Teesside victims of child sexual abuse, both male and female, from the age of 14, said chief executive Dilys Davy.

"During 2013/14 the average number of sessions Arch provided to victims of childhood sexual abuse was 70 per month," she said.

"However in September 2014 there was an unprecedented 50% rise in sessions provided."

Cleveland Police also " reported an increase of 59% in recorded crimes of sexual activity with a child aged under 13 years during the year ending March 2014 compared to a national increase of 33%.

"We attributed this increase in demand for service to the announcement of the child sexual abuse inquiry in July 2014 - the increase in demand was evident immediately," said Dilys.

" "However we were unableto provide additional sessions until September 2014. An additional 70 counselling hours per month had to be found."

e Saltersgill-based chari" ty was set up in 1997 and boasts 17 members of sta. e main objective is to provide counselling interventions to help people overcome their trauma and associated problems including depression, panic attacks and trust issues. Victims in the court process are also supported by the charity.

"We understand that each person has individual needs," said Dilys.

" "Our counsellors work intgratively from a person-centred base using a variety of therapeutic models and techniques."

Cleveland Police and Crime " Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, supported the charity in its bid.

He said: "Sexual abuse, in all its forms is a horri$c crime.

"I am delighted that Arch have been awarded this much- needed funding to ensure that survivors of child sexual abuse get the support they deserve."

As reported in January, the charity. is also supporting the police in looking into 49 reports of rape which previously went unclassi$ed as crimes. It comes after a review by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary last year found 12 oences of rape had been misrecorded.

A review set up by the force after criticism over how it handled rape allegations uncovered a further 37 reports of cases wrongly recorded as "no crime".

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