The Essex Rape Crisis Partnership - Synergy Essex has welcomed the decision by the makers of the popular programme to use its third and final season to explore the topic of sexual violence and its aftermath. The reaction follows the news that Broadchurch writers, producers and actors consulted closely with sexual violence services to develop the storyline and to ensure as accurate a depiction as possible.
A spokesperson for the Essex Rape Crisis Partnership said: “We are pleased that Broadchurch has made an effort to approach this content responsibly and to present a realistic depiction of rape, highlighting the huge emotional impact it can cause, as well as the complex criminal justice process that victims may have to face. We are sure the programme will resonate with many of the individuals that the Partnership supports. Programmes like Broadchurch can play an important role in increasing understanding of sexual violence and in challenging the myths and misconceptions that exist around it.”
Since April 2016, the Essex Rape Crisis Partnership has supported 2,447 individuals and provided 12,684 face to face support sessions.
Victims and survivors of sexual violence and sexual abuse and professionals can contact Synergy for support on 0300 003 7777 or through the online referral forms at www.synergyessex.org.uk.
Essex Rape Crisis Partnership is made up of South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre (SERICC), Southend-On-Sea Rape Crisis (SOS Rape Crisis) and mid and north Essex-based CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse), all registered charities. We aim to provide consistent, high quality, specialist services for victims and survivors of sexual violence across Essex.
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