Nexus NI welcome Stand report from QUB Students
Cara Cash CEO of Nexus NI commented following the launch of a report from a collaboration of students at Queens University today:
Nexus NI welcome this report and would like to sincerely commend the group of students who took it upon themselves to carry it out. It is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland and we hope it will pave the way for much more research into the prevalence of sexually violence crime and its impact across the province.
The report may be distressing but it is necessary reading, we need to, as a society talk about the fact that sexual violence is happening, every day to men and women in every community and from all backgrounds. We need to challenge our government to allow open and honest conversations to take place with our young people around their sexual health and relationships and we need appropriate investment in specialist services, like Nexus to support victims.
Northern Ireland needs to break the silence on sexual violence, and we hope this report and the incredible young people who produced it, will be another way of doing this.
If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence in any form, please know you are not alone, it was not your fault and you can seek help.
copy of the report is available via dropbox