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Zoe backs 24-hour helpline to fight rape.

Byline: HENRYK ZIENTEK

ACTRESS Zoe Lucker is backing a new campaign to encourage women to break the silence surrounding rape.

The Huddersfield-born celebrity is featured in women's magazine Cosmopolitan, next month, backing the project.

Cosmopolitan last year launched its 'Please Tell Someone' campaign to encourage women to break the silence surrounding rape.

Since then it has featured stories of women who found the courage to report their attackers, and has printed letters from readers who've been inspired by their brave attitude.

It has also prompted some victims to report their rape for the first time.

The government now plans to implement a new 24-hour phone helpline.

It will be based on an existing model in the US and will offer specialist support to victims of sexual violence.

Currently this kind of counselling is only available in England for five hours a day.

In the February issue of Cosmopolitan Zoe says: "Cosmo's campaign strikes a real chord with me.

"For too long, rapists have been getting away with it because the odds of them getting caught are in their favour.

"One way women can start changing this is by telling someone if it happens to them.

"Don't let your silence be a rapist''s best defence."

Home Secretary Alan Johnson MP said: "I'd like to thank Cosmopolitan for its campaign, Please Tell Someone.

"Rape is an horrific crime and we have made intense efforts to increase protection for women and to prosecute their attackers. But since change for good will only be achieved when we work together, it makes what Cosmo is doing to help women fight back all the more important."

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