Research carried out by Dr Hannah Bows, Centre for Research into Violence & Abuse at Durham University, identified that:
- Few older people contact specialist sexual services after experiencing rape or sexual assault.
- Older women face specific barriers and challenges which make it difficult to access support, this includes a lack of awareness of services and confusion around who can help them.
- Older women face myths and stereotypes about them and their experiences of sexual violence which impact on their recovery.
Rape Crisis Tyneside & Northumberland has been successful in securing funding to help tackle the barriers older women face and reach out to more survivors.
This event will celebrate the launch of the project, find out more about this subject and be a chance to meet the new Community Engagement Worker for Older Women, Margie Cooper.
The event will feature a presentation and discussion:
Sexual Violence & Older People
Led by: Dr Hannah Bows
Hannah is an Assistant Professor in Criminal Law, Director of Equality and Diversity within Durham Law School and is Deputy Director of the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA).