MAYOR and abuse survivor Eve Rose Keenan told of her pride at becoming a patron of Rotherham Abuse Counselling Service.
Cllr Keenan revealed last May that she had been a victim and was invited by the charity, known as Rothacs, to speak at a celebration event in October.
Now the mayor has agreed to become Rothacs' second patron, joining MP Sarah Champion.
"It's an incredible honour and one I will take very seriously and work hard," said Cllr Keenan, whose abuse ordeal happened 25 years ago, before she came to Rotherham.
"For many years, I had counselling following my abuse and I would like very much to promote counselling and promote Rothacs."
The charity, based at Moorgate, provides specialist one-to-one therapeutic support to women and men aged 13 upwards. It delivered 2,811 counselling sessions in 2017.
Child sexual exploitation accounts for about half of its total referrals, which rose by 14 per cent last year as demand continues to increase.
Rothacs chief executive Natalie Thompson said: "We are delighted that Cllr Keenan has chosen to support our charity.
"Demand for our service is increasing year on year, however, funding has remained static and is set to decline.
"The support we provide to victims and survivors of abuse is life-changing, It is essential that this service continues."
Chairman Nick Arkle added: "We had the pleasure of meeting with the mayor when she spoke at our celebration event.
"She expressed her interest in supporting the work that Rothacs does, providing counselling and therapy for people in Rotherham who have experienced trauma and abuse.
"We invited her to be a patron and are delighted that she has accepted the role. We look forward to working together in a creative and proactive manner to maintain the services we offer."
Contact the service on 01709 835482 or at rothacs.org.uk.
Donate at localgiving.org/char ity/rothacs.
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