RoSA grant secures help for victims of sexual abuse in Rugby

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HOPE has replaced bleakness at a sex abuse charity in Rugby - thanks to a grant that should secure its future.

RoSA has been awarded £18,000 by the Government in the hope that the organisation will become less reliant on public funds. The money is part of the coalition’s ‘big society’ idea.

Earlier this year, domestic violence charity Women’s Aid estimated up to a third of domestic violence refuges were facing difficulty or closure in light of spending cuts. The money comes from a fund aimed at helping charities adjust to reductions in their budgets.

Linda Lewis is service manager at RoSA, which is short for Rape and Sexual Abuse. She said: “At the start of this year things were looking a bit bleak for us, but thanks to this grant and a couple of other grants from the Ministry of Justice it looks like we have enough money to see us through the next three years.

“We feel incredibly fortunate to be in the position we are in. One thing I like about the coalition Government is that they seem to take rape and sexual abuse very seriously, which hasn’t always been the case.”

RoSA provides support services for women, men and young people from the age of 13 years upwards who have been raped, sexually assaulted, or experienced childhood sexual abuse.

Nick Hurd, minister for civil society, said: “This is part of a much wider package of support for charities and voluntary groups and social enterprises. The Cabinet Office will invest around £470m in direct support over four years. We are opening up new opportunities for charities to deliver public services, cutting red tape and developing new sources of finance.

“However, the scale of the economic challenges means that charities are facing tough times. All charities receiving transition funds have plans to overcome current challenges and emerge stronger.”

RoSA can be called confidentially on 01788 551151.