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Sexual abuse telephone help line launched in Rotherham

A charity in Rotherham has launched a phone line to help and listen to people who are suffering from sexual abuse.

The Rotherham Women's Counselling Service has launched a weekly six-hour service enabling both men and women to discuss their issues.

The charity, which already offers face-to-face and group counselling, said it had expanded its service to give more people an opportunity to speak.

The phone line will be manned by counsellors every Thursday and Friday.

Sandra Moule, business development manager for the service, said: "The idea behind the telephone help line is for people who may be already receiving counselling, for people who are contemplating it or people who are on our waiting list.

"It will give them the opportunity to speak to someone who understands."

The phone line will be manned every Thursday from 09:00 to 11:30 and Friday 12:30 to 15:00.

The charity specialises in dealing with people who may have suffered from sexual abuse, rape, domestic violence or previous child sex abuse.

The phone line has been funded by the Ministry of Justice.

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