Listening, believing & supporting
SARSAS provides support to people in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, B&NES, North Somerset and Somerset, who have experienced rape or any kind of sexual assault or abuse at any time in their lives.
Survivors and their stories
A pioneering sexual violence needs assessment for Avon and Somerset has brought to light the experiences of a range of survivors in the area, many of whom did not [...]
Words from some of the people supported by SARSAS
“My counsellor was extremely gentle in her approach, extremely tuned in and dedicated in reading my barriers and meeting me with an approach that encouraged me to open up. She provided me a space where I began to trust, and little by little, progress began to take place.”
“I was also going through counselling but SARSAS helped when it all came back again. You do an amazing job and I wanted to thank you because your work is vital.”
“Thank you for the time and effort you as a service provide. Keep up the good work, you are all lovely and deserve gold medals.”
“Really supportive and understanding. Explained things very well. Very patient.
Given me very good information.
Gave me hope.”
“Very good choice of support esp. brain/cognitive functions, very good listener.
Listened really well, an excellent therapy that I can use with my anxiety.
I felt comfortable opening up about what happened to me.”
“The self-help booklets are brilliant. Listened to what I had to say and didn’t make me feel like I was being judged. Helped me understand all services provided.”
“Listened and been compassionate and not at all judgmental I was spoken to with sensitivity and care. I felt able to open up and this seldom happens. Deep knowledge related to the subject.”
“Good professional approach, excellent explanation of services available and I found the service very supportive and felt believed. Welcoming, comforting and easy to talk to, very informative and helpful.”
“I felt welcomed and understood. I received massive support and I’m in a much better place right now.”
“They helped me learn what happened wasn’t my fault.”
“The venue was comfortable and I felt able to skip in and out discretely. I was able to feel anonymous. Also, and mainly, my counsellor was amazing, I felt supported at every level.”
“Everyone is so understanding and don’t judge you. The professional approach throughout, the high level of empathy and wisdom shared.“
“SARSAS gave me the opportunity to work through the most horrific time in my life. Without their support I do not know where I would be today.”
“I felt that I was believed and not judged. I felt supported which gave me the confidence to talk about what had happened to me. I never felt that my issue was not as bad as anyone else’s and that the way I felt was normal.”
“I can’t thank you enough , your support has been life changing. Flashbacks are a thing of the past and although I know it will never go away and I still have down days I now know what to do about it. Xxxx was absolutely amazing.”
“Support from all aspects from SARSAS, the police, ISVA, victim support. If victims have the courage to come forward you/they will be well supported ‘looked after’. There is a good network of agencies with well trained staff, who are sympathetic and supportive and understanding. Thank you all.”
A big thank you to our Key Supporters
For their support and generosity in allowing us to use their rooms for meetings and training.
For their support and generosity in guiding us to raise our profile and get vital awareness out to the public.
For their support and generosity in providing free and discounted bus tickets for our service users.