Rebuilding lives after sexual violence

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It’s tough to talk about sexual trauma. As a survivor, you can start your journey now to manage your trauma. We are available during Covid19.

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Survive’s vision is for all who have experienced rape, sexual assault as adults or child sexual abuse to have access to the charity’s highly-valued services.

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Survive’s mission is to help survivors rebuild their lives, relationships and reach their potential by delivering specialist services.

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Speaking out for survivors of sexual violence

The team at Survive knows the devastating impact sexual violence can have on a person, their relationships and their ability to reach their potential. As the voice of survivors, we will challenge myths about sexual violence. We will strive to raise awareness in all communities of the signs, prevalence and impact of sexual violence including that which occurs between those who are or have been intimate partners. We will educate those in authority, in communities and in institutions to help them understand the pain of sexual trauma, the term we use to describe the long term effects of sexual violence, so that they put survivor support and care high on their agendas.

The Home Affairs report into investigation and prosecution of rape report recently released reflects what Survive has witnessed in counselling clients:

· Too much focus on the behaviours of survivors and not to the behaviours of perpetrators;

· Survivors often face unnecessary and disproportionate requests for digital data; and

· Long delays in getting cases to court with the court proceedings potentially leading to further harm for the survivors.

 

Prosecutions for rape must increase to hold perpetrators to account and reduce the risk of further offending. As highlighted in the report, it is simply not good enough that we see a return to the prosecution levels last seen in 2016/17 – given how woeful we regarded those figures.

 

Investment in Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs) to support survivors through court proceedings is only part of the solution. Unfortunately, the rules around pre-trial therapy mean that survivors often have to choose between the courts and a slim chance of justice or counselling and a real prospect of rebuilding their lives. We need to ensure that survivors have access to the right support at the right time.

Our survivor stories

These personalised accounts – using different names to protect the identity of survivors – show how Survive helps survivors of rape, sexual assault or child sexual abuse rebuild their lives, relationships and reach their potential by delivering specialist services.

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THE SURVIVOR - DARREN

I was in my 40s when I reached crisis point and was unable to function. My trauma was so intense and severe that I had blocked it out.

Read Darren's story

THE SURVIVOR - CHLOE

I was seven when I went to visit a friend of my parents. He sexually abused me before offering me some of his wife’s jewellery.

Read Chloe's story

THE SURVIVOR - AMY

The first time you are called stupid you laugh it off. By the hundredth time, you start to believe it may be true and by the thousand time, you are convinced, it is true.

Read Amy's story

Latest news

20 April 2022

Survive secures grants to pilot specialist services in East Riding of Yorkshire

Read more about Survive secures grants to pilot specialist services in East Riding of Yorkshire

13 April 2022

Survive response to House of Commons Home Affairs Committee report

Read more about Survive response to House of Commons Home Affairs Committee report

9 March 2022

All-women brass band to send “loud and clear” message about Violence Against Women and Girls

Read more about All-women brass band to send “loud and clear” message about Violence Against Women and Girls

18 February 2022

Maryland – a play about violence against women – raises funds for Survive

Read more about Maryland – a play about violence against women – raises funds for Survive

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