ITV Tyne Tees has been allowed inside one of the region's specialist rape centres, to show the work they do with victims.
The North East has three Sexual Assault Referral Centres or 'SARCs', more than most regions in the UK.
Correspondent Daniel Ashby joined one woman on a difficult road to recovery.
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Patchy cloud and a few spells of sunshine expected on Sunday for the NE. An odd patch of rain is possible anywhere
A group of protesters angry at threats of closure to children's centres in Newcastle have marched on a council-run surgery.
Breezy 24 hours, but not a bad Sunday in prospect