The third series of Broadchurch is coming to ITV and David Tennant and Olivia Colman return in their roles as DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller, investigating a serious sexual assault. The role of the victim/survivor will be played by the amazing Julie Hesmondhalgh. As part of Rape Crisis England & Wales, SARSAS worked with the production team to ensure that the right support is available for people who may be affected by the storyline.

It’s great to see these issues being dealt with sensitively on TV but the story for real-life survivors doesn’t end with the finale of the series.

SARSAS has recently been described as a flagship organisation in the UK helping survivors of rape, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse rebuild their lives.

Every month, over 70 women and girls contact us requesting support and counselling. Due to a lack of funding many of these women and girls may have to wait up to a year before we are able to offer them therapeutic support.

With your help we can offer the right service, in the right place for more survivors at the right time.

You can make a difference and support our work by donating here

Watch the Broadchurch trailer here:

A film about SARSAS and the impact of our work for three survivors is available to watch on our website home page.

The national Rape Crisis helpline for England and Wales will be open for 14 hours a day on on 0808 802 9999 during the eight weeks that the series is on air.  From Monday 27th February 2017, when Broadchurch Season 3 starts at 9pm on ITV1, lines will be open non-stop between 10am and midnight every day for eight full weeks, thanks to support from the programme makers.

The SARSAS helpline will be open for our usual hours.