Support for Adults

Sexual violence can be carried out by someone you know, trust, or even love, like a friend, colleague, family member, spouse, partner or ex, as well as by strangers. No matter who perpetrates sexual violence, it is their responsibility, there is no excuse for it and no one ever deserves it or “asks for it”

If you have been raped or sexually abused, or gone through any kind of sexual violence no matter where you were, what you were doing, what you were wearing, whether you were drunk or had taken drugs, it was not your fault.

"If it wasn’t for BSARCS I wouldn’t be here today"

Wellbeing Groups

A group can give you the chance to talk to other people who've been through similar experiences to you, in a relaxed and safe setting. We run different groups for women, men, and parents - there is no expectation that you discuss or share anything you are not comfortable with.

Independent Sexual Violence Advocacy (ISVA)

If you've reported what happened to you to the police, or if you're thinking about reporting it, our Independent Sexual Violence Advocates (or ISVAs) can support you through the process, from the first step right through to after your case has ended.

Wellbeing Support

This service can support you - in a less formal way than counselling - to make decisions about your next steps that feel right for you. It can also help you with day-to-day practical problems you might be having because of what you've been through.

Counselling

Counselling is when you and a counsellor meet at agreed times, for a set amount of time, to talk about emotional difficulties you're going through and to explore what might be causing them. Counsellors don't give advice or tell you what to do. The Children's therapy we offer is a similar service to counselling, specifically for children and young people.

Sexual violence can be carried out by someone you know, trust, or even love, like a friend, colleague, family member, spouse, partner or ex, as well as by strangers. No matter who perpetrates sexual violence, it is 100% their fault and their responsibility; there is no excuse for it and no-one ever deserves it or ‘asks for it’.

If you’ve been raped or sexually abused, or gone through any kind of sexual violence no matter where you were, what you were doing, what you were wearing, whether you were drunk or had taken drugs, it was not your fault.

Our main counselling rooms are reserved for female clients in order to facilitate a ‘women only’ space which is confidential, quiet and relaxing. All our counselling and therapy sessions are on staggered times and are delivered by female only staff.

When it does happen, sexual violence can have a wide range of impacts for you, both in the immediate term and sometimes over a very long period of time, like many years or even decades.

There’s no right or wrong way to feel about what’s happened to you, but however you do feel, talking about it can help. As a survivor of sexual violence, you deserve to be listened to, believed, and supported.

Our services for parents include:
● A six-week TIPs group
● A weekly Parents’ & Carers’ Support Group
● Our adult counselling service for parents, carers and relatives who are supporting a child affected by sexual violence
● Individual reviews and psycho-education with the Therapist who is supporting your child
You can read more about how your child can access Children’s Therapy.

We offer a range of support for professionals who are working with those impacted by sexual harm. If you need to speak to us about someone you are working with or would like advice you can ring our advice line on 01226 320140 and speak to one of our safeguarding leads.

If you want to advance your knowledge you can access our training page here.

You can find our frequently asked questions and resources here.

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1 in 2 rapes against women are carried out by their partner or ex partner