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British Muslim women's helpline

The launch of the first national helpline for Muslim women and girls, tackling problems such as sexual abuse, forced marriage and divorce

the Muslim Women’s Network (MWNUK) launched a report, last year, on sexual exploitation in the Asian community, it could only have dreamed that something like this would come to pass.

That report was called 'Unheard Voices - The Sexual Exploitation of Asian Girls and Young Women'. Its publication coincided with the revelations around child sexual exploitation by Asian gangs in Rotherham and challenged the view that the the issue was purely one of race and that somehow, Asian girls were left untouched by abusers because of loyalties to their own culture.

MWNUK found that a worrying number of women and girls were slipping through the net, as agencies - such as social services and the police - grappled with the difficulties reaching out to victims because of cultural sensitivities – those same points of faith, which are exploited by their abusers to ensure their victims’ silence.

It confirmed what many already knew - that many Muslim girls and women are trapped in a cycle of abuse and violence because of a lack of services. What's more, it recommended a helpline be set up as an outlet for them to confide their problems and seek advice.

And today, as a result of the charity’s awareness-raising activities, the first national helpline for Muslim women is being launched by Minster for Women and Equalities, Jo Swinson.

The helpline will initially be run part time by trained, bilingual staff and will be accompanied by a website containing information on the issues which they are most commonly asked about: sexual abuse, domestic violence and divorce.

The Muslim Women's Network Helpline can be contacted on 0800 999 5786

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