Why does this matter?
It matters because:
- 1 in 5 women experienced a sexual assault since the age of 16. That’s 3.4 million women*
- Approximately 90% of those who are raped know the perpetrator prior to the offence*
- 510,000 people aged 16 to 59 experienced a sexual assault in the last year*
- Sexual assault causes trauma and often severe emotional and mental health problems
- All aspects of the woman’s life can be affected: work, family, relationships and social life
* Crime Survey England & Wales 2017
Sadly, requests for support continue to increase as more women are finding the courage to come forward and ask for help. It’s not easy for them. The problem is we are at full capacity and we operate a waiting list that can be months, or even years long. In practice, this means a woman could call us after months, or years, building up the courage to reach out for help, only to be told she will added to a list. This is not OK.
The chances are, we all know someone…
We LISTEN, BELIEVE and SUPPORT women and girls who have experienced rape or sexual abuse at any time in their lives. We run a secure and confidential helpline and email support, and we are about to launch our new live messaging support service. We provide clinical assessments, counselling and therapeutic group work. Our specialist support work helps women resolve a wide range of obstacles in preparation for their therapeutic recovery journey. This is especially valuable for those with learning disabilities and complex needs who are very vulnerable to sexual assault. For many of our clients we are a lifeline…
How does SARSAS help?
Our work towards recovery begins with stabilising the trauma and continues by addressing the emotional symptoms: anxiety, fear, depression, flashbacks and nightmares and begin moving. As the support progresses, we help women and girls improve their well being and ability to function at work, home and play. Equally important, we help to reduce the risk of repeat victimisation and to rebuild personal power and control.
“Never would I have thought that I would be where I am today. They say that time is a great healer but it’s because of [SARSAS] and the fact I had someone to talk to, who I trust, that I can now start to trust others and feel more confident.”
We need your help… and it’s urgent. Women shouldn’t have to wait to get the help they need after the trauma of sexual violence
Your donation will go a long way…
£4.26 covers the cost of sending our self help guide to a woman on the waiting list
£15.50 pays for arts and craft materials for therapeutic group sessions
£23.58 helps a woman with learning disabilities develop her resilience
£38.81 allows us to take a referral and assess a programme of support
£85.36 is the average cost of a counselling room for a day for 1:1 sessions with clients
£125.46 can run the Helpline (three lines) for a two hour shift
T H A N K Y O U for your support!