Nicola Sturgeon Opens Glasgow And Clyde Rape Crisis Centre

24 August 2017, 15:16 | Updated: 24 August 2017, 15:19

Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis Centre

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has opened an expanded centre for the survivors of rape and sexual assault.

Nicola Sturgeon helped relaunch the new Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis Centre in the city's Bell Street.

Last year the centre marked 40 years of work supporting survivors of sexual violence, abuse and exploitation across the west of Scotland.

Demand for its specialist services has grown year on year, with 2016/17 being the busiest year in the organisation's history.

Ms Sturgeon said: "The rape crisis centre in Glasgow has been at the forefront of supporting the victims of sexual violence for more than 40 years.

"The centre provides a vital service in the most diverse part of Scotland where many people find it hard to access support.

"Today's relaunch and expansion is testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff and volunteers."

Centre manager Isabelle Kerr said: "We can now offer a dedicated floor of rooms where they can have one-to-one appointments as well as group work.

"Listening to survivors has been fundamental to the growth and development of Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis over the years."