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Camilla to visit sex assault centres to raise awareness of rape effects

Published 14/10/2015

The Duchess of Cornwall said the number of sex assaults is shocking
The Duchess of Cornwall said the number of sex assaults is shocking

The Duchess of Cornwall has said she is hopeful her work to raise awareness of the devastating effects of rape and the stories of survivors will "shine a light" on hidden violence in society.

The br avery of those who have recounted their harrowing experiences is humbling, Camilla said as she prepares to visit a number of specialist centres dedicated to helping victims come to terms with sex assaults.

Writing in the Daily Mail she said the number of crimes is still shocking but praised the work of those who take care of victims.

"The statistics remain truly horrifying. There are, however, more centres now where comfort and help to recover can be found," she said.

"I will continue my work in the hope that it will help to shine a light on the violence hiding in the dark corners of our society."

Rape and sexual abuse are topics which in the past have not been discussed openly, Camilla said, but she added that she hopes attitudes are changing.

Describing the aftermath of an assault as "appalling", she said that while there are " no easy answers and no quick fixes", there are little things that can be done to help.

After Camilla came up with the idea two years ago of providing wash bags of toiletries to victims so they can shower after undergoing forensic examination, Clarence House is now looking at extending the scheme, which was piloted at specialist sexual assault referral centres in London.

Camilla paid tribute to the police and health workers she has met over the years who are on the front line in helping victims.

She said: " During these visits I have been very impressed by the professionalism and commitment of the individuals who provide a life-line to the women, children and men who have been left traumatised and often made to feel worthless through no fault of their own."

As part of a series of engagements Camilla will meet staff and volunteers who provide support services at a rape and sexual abuse support centre and a specialist centre for victims.

She will also visit the UK's largest manufacturer of natural healthcare products where staff members have volunteered to pack wash bags.

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