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'You shouldn't have to wait' for abuse counselling

Victims of historical sexual abuse are having to wait up to three years for counselling, a charity has claimed.

It follows a rise of more than 50% in the number of people contacting three of the four Welsh police forces with such complaints over two years.

The Survivors Trust - which represents support groups - warned victims could give up trying to find help.

The Welsh government said it has given extra funding to relevant charities and would consider giving more.

Lisa - her name has been changed and her words spoken by an actor - is from south east Wales.

She was sexually abused from the age of seven but it took her 18 years to come forward.

She received counselling quickly after contacting the police and told BBC Radio Wales that a lengthy wait would have been unbearable.

  • 09 Dec 2014
  • From the section Wales
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