Cara Cash, CEO, Nexus NI said:
“Nexus NI respects the verdict of the jury in this trial, which has brought to light the complex nature of sexually violent crime, and consent in particular.
“Talking about sexual violence is not easy. This difficult case has increased dialogue around sexual violence; we now need to ensure these conversations continue and that the necessary support is provided to victims.
“Victims should know they are not alone; they should not be afraid to come forward and seek help; and they should know that sexual violence is never their fault.
“Nexus NI and our partner agencies are here to offer help, guidance and support to anyone who needs to talk. Alongside our specialist counselling we also offer education, training and outreach services. Together we can break the silence.
“Visit our website: www.nexusni.org or call one of our regional Nexus NI offices in Belfast on 028 9032 6803 or Derry/Londonderry on 028 7126 0566.”