A welcome from our patron, Laura Bates

Laura Bates

Laura is the founder of the award-winning Everyday Sexism Project, an ever-increasing collection of over 50,000 women’s experiences of gender imbalance. The stories come from women of all ages, races, sexual orientations, and backgrounds. The project has expanded into 17 countries and has featured in media from the New York Times to French Glamour, CNN to Grazia South Africa, Cosmopolitan to the Times of India. Laura also writes for the Guardian, the Independent, Grazia, and Red Magazine, among others.

“Welcome to the website of Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support. I am hugely honoured to be involved with the work of this this vital organisation, which is a member of Rape Crisis England and Wales.

SARSAS is here to offer free, confidential support to any woman or girl who has experienced sexual violence of any kind during her life. We believe that the victim-survivor is never to blame and we will always believe and support you. Click here for details of the different services available to you. If you are a male survivor of rape or sexual abuse please click here for services to support you.

In a country in which over 85,000 women experience rape and 400,000 experience sexual assault every year, the work of organisations like SARSAS is of the utmost importance. They provide a front line of support, help and resources where they are most urgently needed. Find out more about how you can support this crucial work through donations or fundraising here.

We live in a world in which women and girls experience a gauntlet of sexism, harassment, objectification, discrimination and assault on a daily basis. It is my belief that these different forms of gender inequality, from casual ‘everyday’ sexism to the presentation of women in the media as dehumanised sex objects, from discrimination against women in the workplace to sexual violence, are all part of an inter-connected spectrum. I passionately believe that the only way to tackle this wide ranging gender inequality is to do everything we can to combat it at every level, and that everybody has a vital role to play. By taking a stand against sexism, sexual harassment and sexual violence whenever and wherever we witness it, we can all be a part of ending the culture of normalisation and acceptance that silences victims and grants impunity to perpetrators.

Our voices are loudest when we raise them together.”