Our volunteer team talk about why they volunteer for SARSAS and what it means to them.
“I believe all voices should be heard.”
“I volunteer as I want to help provide support for those who have been sexually abused or raped. SARSAS ensures that I am trained so that I can provide the best service possible” Esther
“Sexual violence and abuse is something that affects so many of us. In school I was never told what was okay. I want to let other survivors know that it’s their body and their choice.” Mary
“I’m angry and it gives me a positive way to channel that rage. When we stand together we are an awesome, monstrous regiment of women” Esther
“A genuine sense of making a difference. Also, the warmth, camaraderie and great support from SARSAS and the team I work with. It’s a ‘family’, all signed up to the same, shared values, everyone there for each other. Oh, and great socials!!” Alison
“We have such a wonderful group of women on the shift. We support each other during the calls and love what we do. We share our highs and lows. I always leave on a high.” Jen
“A friend of mine said to me “Don’t you want to give yourself a pat on the back for the good stuff you do?” But it’s not about that. It’s about knowing that the client has felt able to make a connection with the person at the other end of the phone and that that could be integral to their recovery and sense of being in the world.” Lyn
“Being with amazing women who are passionate about what they do. Being there for survivors, speaking to people in different stages of trauma.” Mary
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What next for people with lived experience when the justice process fails?
I usually enjoy my job as a trauma counsellor for SARSAS – it’s a privilege to participate in clients’ recovery journeys. However, I find supporting clients who have had negative experiences while seeking justice some of the saddest journeys, and the ones most likely to invoke my anger at the injustices within this broken system.