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Ministerial visit to Blue Sky Centre at George Eliot Hospital

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The Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, Nicky Morgan visited the Blue Sky Centre based at the George Eliot Hospital on 27 November to find out about support to victims of sexual abuse and rape.

Nicky Morgan visited the Blue Sky Centre with Nuneaton MP Marcus Jones to meet the team at Coventry and Warwickshire’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre.

The MP had a tour of the centre, which is based in the grounds of the George Eliot Hospital, and met centre manager Tony Mumford and deputy manager Cheryl Evans.

Mr Mumford said: “ It was gratifying to have such high-profile interest in the centre from such a high profile minister who took the time to visit and see what we do.

“Local MP Marcus Jones, the MP for Nuneaton arranged the visit to the centre and we had the opportunity to discuss our work supporting victims of sexual abuse”.

The Blue Sky Centre provides an initial response for victims of sexual violence in Coventry and Warwickshire, and is there for men, women, boys and girls. It recognises all forms of sexual violence including rape, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, rape within marriage, female genital mutilation, trafficking, sexual exploitation

The Blue Sky Centre is a partnership between the Police, Local Government, NHS and voluntary organisations in Coventry and Warwickshire. They offer free and confidential services with separate facilities for adults, children and young people from their purpose build security facility within the hospital.

The Blue Sky Centre staff realise how difficult it is to speak out following an assault. Everyone can expect to be treated with dignity, respect, and compassion. You will be in control of your decision making; it is on your terms and in your time. They can offer choices and information to help you decide on your future.

The SARC is staffed during normal working hours but is available via a call-out system on a 24/7 basis 365 days of the year.

Contact SARC on telephone number 02476 865505

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