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Sexual abuse Sexual abuse workers to get Queen's award award.

Byline: Georgia Arlott and Ruby McKenzie

COVENTRY Rape & Sexual abuse Centre has been honoured with a prestigious Queen's Award. e volunteer group is to receive e Queen's Award for Voluntary Serv V -ice in recognition of their work in the community.

* award is considered to be the equivalent of the MBE for groups of volunteers and volunteers will receive a certi'cate signed by the Queen. ey have also received an invitation to attend one of the Royal Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace this year.

CRASAC, based in the RASAC, based in the R city centre, has been established for more than 30 years, providing free, con-'dential services to survivors of sexual violence. Clive Stone, chair of e Queen's Awards for Volun V - tary Service Ambassadors group, said: "is award is the highest national honour that can be bestowed upon charitable organisations of this kind and I was particularly delighted that CRASAC was recognised. RASAC was recognised. R "I would like to commend them on the dedicated, dicult and harrowing work they do."

Last year alone CRASAC RASAC R supported nearly 6,000 local women, men and children aged from 've.

Dianne Whit'eld, 'eld, W CRASAC chief executive, RASAC chief executive, R said "We are thrilled to W receive such a prestigious award, particularly one that demonstrates the high respect in which volunteering is held.

"e people who volunteer with CRASAC are an RASAC are an R essential part of our team, we simply could not give the quality of service that we do without them."

Coun Ann Lucas, leader of Coventry City Council, nominated CRASAC for RASAC for R the honour.

She said: "CRASAC have RASAC have R worked tenaciously and fearlessly to help people who have suered the most appalling things.

"If people want to go down the judicial route, CRASAC will be with them RASAC will be with them R every step of the way. ey have made the most enormous dierence to the lives of countless men and women in Coventry."

People can contact CRASAC's helpline on 024 RASAC's helpline on 024 R 7627 7777.

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 3, 2014
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