Nearly 1,000 people from Chichester have had their details leaked in the Ashley Madison hacking, a relationship charity has said.
According to an online data map produced from the leaked data, 953 people from Chichester have had their details exposed during the illicit online dating website’s hack and data release.
West Sussex-based relationship charity Relate has revealed this figure, adding that more than 85 per cent of the people exposed were male.
The charity, which has a centre in Horsham, is now offering guidance and support to people affected.
A spokesperson for Relate said: “Following calls from worried members of the public to its national phone line, Relate has put together online guidance for people who have been exposed or have discovered that their partner is having an affair, or are worried about what is around the corner for them.
“In addition, a team of Relate counsellors is on hand to support people via an instant live chat service, telephone counselling, or face-to-face counselling in centres across the country.”
Relate counsellor Denise Knowles said: “The issue of cheating has been put firmly into the spotlight this week. Clearly this is bringing up lots of difficult emotions for those whose details have been released and their partners. Even if you haven’t been directly affected, the coverage may have prompted you to start questioning your own relationship.
“We know from research we did last year that 24 per cent of people report having had an affair. Interestingly, a third of people we asked thought a relationship could survive an affair, compared to 94 per cent of counsellors and sex therapists we asked in a separate survey.”
To talk to a trained Relationship counsellor in a free live chat session call 01293 657055 to book or arrange face-to-face counselling.
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