Throughout the lifetime of Rape Crisis we have had one fundamental aim - to provide a free and confidential support service to women and girls who have experienced rape, sexual assault, or sexual abuse. Studies have shown that one in two young women will experience some kind of unwanted sexual contact before they reach the age of eighteen. This can range from flashing to rape and all of these experiences can have a lasting effect on the woman.
Over the past twenty years there have been a number of changes in legislation that reflect the seriousness of this crime. It's not just young women who have experiences of rape or sexual assault. It can happen to women and girls of all ages. Our figures at rape crisis show that around 24.13% of women will ever make a report to the police.
Since 1976 the Rape Crisis Centre has been providing free and confidential support to women and girls who have been raped, sexually assaulted or sexually abused, no matter when this has happened in their lives. We support women whether or not they have reported the incident to the police.
Attitudes about rape and sexual assault often blame women and excuse the rapist and this can silence women. We are based in Glasgow but also offer services to women in surrounding areas including Renfrewshire and East and west Dunbartonshire.
Our services include telephone support, face-to-face support, letter and email support, text support, group work and instant messaging support. We also have specialist services for young women and BME women for support and advocacy and we have a support and advocacy service for women who want our help to report rape to the police. Additionally we can support a woman from the point of reporting any sexual offence to police and we can be there throughout the process and attend court with her. We have also developed a range of information booklets and leaflets covering issues such as Child Sexual Abuse, Self-harm, and Stalking.
All of our publications are free to women survivors of sexual violence, their partners, family members or friends.
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