South Yorkshire has spent the last few years in the spotlight with the revelation of numerous Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) cases in the county.
Over that time, the South Yorkshire Police have been working towards seeing the cases taken to court and for perpetrators to be convicted of the horrific crimes of abuse.
City Hearts alongside other professionals including social workers and mental health teams, were invited to support victims during the difficult and sensitive time as they prepared for trial proceedings.
City Hearts listened without judging and it made me feel safe.
When the Monroe Trial concluded we were there to support the victims and were thrilled with the final verdict.
We have a great relationship with South Yorkshire Police and will be continuing to support future victims of CSE. Due to funding, many of these women are not able to access support after the conclusion of court proceedings. Our aim is to create Drop-in’s that survivors can attend which will offer support unique to their needs through mentoring, workshops and counselling.
“We are touching the tip of the huge iceberg working with survivors of CSE in our pilot project but we believe every life matters, every story should be told, every voice has the right to be heard and we have a duty to restore something that was stolen from them: their innocence, hope and a future. We are excited to be a part of standing in the gap to support these survivors.”
“I also want to take this opportunity to thank the agencies we have worked closely alongside throughout our inquiry, who have played vital roles in supporting our victims and preparing them for this trial.
“Although this prosecution is a key event in rebuilding lives, it is only the start of the process for many. Many wonderful people in the voluntary sector are committed to helping victims of abuse. Specifically I would like to thank City Hearts, an organisation and charity that helps numerous young women.”
Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Martin Tate