Values and principles
Almost 40 years on, we are part of a Rape Crisis network which spans Scotland and part of a community of responses to sexual violence across the world. These are our commitments to you.
The Rape Crisis has clearly stated values and principles
under which we work. These are:
are an organisation run by women for women
operate on feminist principles and have a gendered definition of sexual violence
which means that we believe that sexual violence is not deviant behaviour
but is an expression of power and control exerted by men which both
expresses and reinforces far reaching inequality and oppression of women
in our society.
celebrate diversity. We work
from an anti-discriminatory perspective and acknowledge that women come
from many different backgrounds. Our service is open to all women.
maintain confidentiality at all times. The only exception to this is when a child or vulnerable
adult is at risk (see Child Protection and Protection of Vulnerable Adults
Policy) or where a woman or girl indicates that her life is in danger, or
she may cause harm to herself or to someone else.
definition of rape and sexual abuse is that they are crimes of violence
and abuse of power – not ‘sex when you don’t want it’.
recognise the limited options and choices that women entering prostitution
may have and the violation women experience while being prostituted. We do not therefore, define prostitution
as ‘sex work’, or a woman’s choice but view it as being in itself a form
of sexual violence.
refer to women who have been raped or sexually abused as survivors or
simply as women, as the term ‘victim’ implies that a woman can be prone to
recognise that abuse is not perpetrated by ‘perverts’ or ‘maniacs’ but by
offer woman centred, non-directive support, but work towards empowering
women to make informed choices about their lives.
believe women and work with women towards an understanding that the abuse
was not their fault
offer immediate help and longer term emotional support when needed and as
our support work is offered to female survivors, their non abusing family,
and relatives, male and female.
(Agreed by the Board
of Directors, September 2012)