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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