SARSAS helps people who have been raped, sexually abused, or assaulted at any time in their life. Without specialist support the trauma of sexual violence can greatly affect someone’s life, including emotional wellbeing and development, family and relationships, work, and mental and physical health.
In England & Wales: 1 in 4 women have been raped or sexually abused. 1 in 6 children have been sexually abused. 1 in 18 men have been raped or sexually abused. It is common for victims and survivors to believe that what happened to them was some how their fault. Often, this is because they have been told they were to blame. Victims and survivors tell us that they feared not being believed by the people they told. Sadly, this is often the case.
We listen, we believe and we support. It is vital that victims and survivors get professional and specialist support when they need it. Our helpline is the first point of contact for many. 4 out of 5 people SARSAS support have a reduction in their trauma symptoms.