When we say ‘sexual violence’, we mean any unwanted sexual act or activity. There are many different kinds of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, sexual harassment, forced marriage, so-called honour-based violence, female genital mutilation, sexual exploitation, and others.
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. Our female support groups meet on Wednesdays during the day and our Men’s support group meets in the early evenings.
At BSARCS, we understand that each person and each experience of sexual violence is unique. We understand that there’s no ‘right’ way to be or feel about what you’ve been through.
We also understand it can be hard to talk about sexual violence or decide what to do next. We will never pressure you into making decisions or taking steps that don’t feel right for you, and we won’t judge you.
We will listen, believe and support you to heal and to move forward with your life however you want and at your own pace; we’re led by you.
Find out about the different services we can offer you.
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We have a range of different services which we offer to women who need our help, take a look at the different services we provide to see if any would be useful for you.
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