Coventry & Warwickshire

Nuneaton centre for sex attack victims officially opens

The Blue Sky Centre
Image caption The Blue Sky Centre is based at Nuneaton's George Eliot Hospital

A support centre for victims of rape in Coventry and Warwickshire has been officially opened.

The Blue Sky Centre at George Eliot Hospital, Nuneaton, offers advice and emergency treatment to anyone in the area who has been sexually assaulted.

Staff have helped more than 50 people since it first opened in March.

The centre's manager Tony Mumford said they had listened to the views of survivors of sexual violence when planning the referral unit.

Mr Mumford, a former detective inspector at Warwickshire Police and ex-head of the force's rape investigation team, said the focus was on helping victims recover.

"Investigation is important, but it's... very much about making it easier for people to come forward to seek help and they do have choices.

"If they have a forensic examination the evidence can be stored by us indefinitely."

A blue plaque outside the centre was unveiled by Baroness Vivien Stern.

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