Victims of sexual abuse can now find help at Galop, a safety charity for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
A new caseworker at the London-based charity is available to help LGBT victims of sexual violence make anonymous reports to the police and provide them with advice.
According to the caseworker, Jamey Fisher, the aim of the service is to “help LGBT people who have experienced sexual abuse at any point in their lives.”
Ms Fisher can also provide information about other services which offer support to those suffering from sexual abuse.
These include the Metropolitan Police LGBT Liaison Officers, Sapphire Units – teams of police officers that investigate sexual crimes and look after victims – and Sexual Assault Referral Centres.
All of these centres employ fully trained staff to work with LGBT people and reports of sexual abuse are always taken seriously, even if the abuse happened in the past.
Galop can also offer help to individuals experiencing violence from partners or members of their family.
According to Galop, about one in ever four LGBT people will experience domestic abuse of a sexual, emotional, financial or physical nature.
Galop’s caseworkers are able to help victims of violence make a safety plan, speak to police and determine way to keep themselves safe.
The charity is also able to take reports of homophobic or transphobic hate crimes and sexual abuse and pass them onto the police through a third party reporting scheme.
In this way, victims are not obliged to speak to the police or give out any personal details in order for incidents to be recorded and investigated.
“What is most important right now is to get the word out so that we can help as many people as possible,” said Ms Fisher.
To contact Galop for help you can called the Shoutline on 020 7704 2040 or fill in an anonymous reporting form on their site.
For more information about Galop please visit www.galop.org.uk.