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Coping after sexual violence

Coping with the trauma of any form of sexual violence can be hard and you do not have to do this alone. Whatever you may feel at this time or whatever the circumstances, you are not to blame for what happened. We will not judge you. We will listen to you, believe you and treat you with respect.

Phone us on 01387 253113 or email admin@rape-crisis.org.uk.

Emotional Support

We have found that the best way for survivors to find a way forward is for us to listen to them. Our one-to-one support service enables survivors to talk about their experiences and feelings, with our support. All of our support workers are women. They work with each survivor with a focus on empowering and healing.

No-one can change what happened in the past, but survivors can reach a point where they can accept the past, take control of the present and look forward to the future. This is healing. It is possible to heal from sexual violence.

Outreach

Our outreach service works with survivors in their own homes or local areas on issues which make day-to-day life difficult to cope with. These issues stem from experiencing sexual violence. Examples are dis-ordered eating or self-harming or panic attacks. Whatever the issue, we encourage survivors to start to take care of themselves and to put themselves first over others.

Advocacy

The legal process can be intimidating and confusing, so it is important that survivors feel informed and in control. Our advocacy service can support anyone who has experienced sexual violence at any time in their life to explore their options and make the decisions that are right for them.

We can provide support and information at any stage of the criminal justice process, whether that be before, during or after: reporting to police; the police investigation or the court case.

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