Equity, diversity and inclusion

We are committed to supporting anyone who has been affected by rape or sexual abuse and strive to make our services as inclusive as possible.

“We are committed to tackling issues of inequality, privilege, and systemic bias by naming them, discussing them, and taking personal and collective responsibility to change them. We know that it is not the job of the people being targeted by prejudice and discrimination to start the dialogue, carry the emotional labour of the conversations, or grant absolution to those who are feeling shame and guilt about the pain being experienced by others.”
Brené Brown

Being an inclusive organisation is really important to us and we will continue to do everything we can to make all victim-survivors feel welcome, safe and supported.

Everyone has the right to be treated with respect and dignity. We strive to prevent discrimination in the services we provide and in our workplaces.

We promote social justice through our gender-based violence campaigning and aim to include the voices of people from all backgrounds in our campaigns.

We listen, believe and provide specialist support services for all genders including girls, boys, women, men, cis, trans, non-binary and intersex people.

We maintain women-only spaces as part of a trauma-informed approach to gender-based violence and due to funding specifications, some SARSAS services are women-only. In light of this, SARSAS reserves the right, under the Equality Act 2010 (schedule 3, part 7[1]) to provide certain services only to women.

We acknowledge that our clients and organisation are not yet representative of the many communities and people that can be most impacted by sexual violence.

We are committed to changing this at all levels of the organisation and welcome people with protected characteristics to the SARSAS team, ensuring they are fully supported while in our employment. We ensure that all staff and volunteers receive regular training around supporting and working with all protected characteristics and that our EDI steering group is well-resourced and effective.

We take an intersectional approach to addressing gender-based violence which recognises that people from multiple marginalised groups may experience more than one form of discrimination.

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Survivor voice: Trauma, Therapy & The Truman Show

It’s a bit of an odd title for a blog. The first two Ts go hand in hand, but what about the third? One member of the SARSAS team discusses how this ‘90s cult classic became an unlikely source of inspiration in her healing ‘journey’.

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Online Safety Act 2023: what protections are there for women and girls? (Part 2)

Online violence against women and girls is a striking issue in the UK, with many people largely unaware of the abuse perpetrated online.

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Spotlight behind Hollyoaks sibling sexual abuse (SSA) storyline

For this blog, we’re joined by Tanith McCulloch, SARSAS Sibling Sexual Abuse Project Officer, as we go behind the scenes (and the screens!) to talk about our decision to work with Hollyoaks to help bring the message of sibling sexual abuse to a brand new audience.