We listen and believe. We support survivors to explore their thoughts, feelings and options. We believe rape and sexual violence is never the fault of the victim-survivor.
SARSAS believes that sexual violence is both a cause and a consequence of gender inequality. This creates a context for our work that focuses on:
Belief not blame
Understanding of context of sexual violence
SARSAS are able to provide women-only services in a women-only space in our centre in Bristol. We always try to make all of our other spaces as safe as possible but are unable to guarantee they will be women-only.
The rape crisis movement
SARSAS is a member of Rape Crisis England and Wales (RCEW), and adhere to RCEW Service Standards which is an umbrella organisation that supports Rape Crisis Centres all over the country. RCEW provides national standards for centres to aim for, lobbies government, and does awareness raising work.
The RCEW three core priorities are:
Securing high quality specialist services for women and girls who have experienced sexual violence
Building our collective expertise to improve services and policies for the benefit of survivors / victims