Rebuilding lives after sexual violence


We will listen to you. Be brave. Find your voice.

It’s tough to talk about sexual trauma. As a survivor, you can start your journey now to manage your trauma. Survive offers you appointments either face-to-face, online or on the telephone .

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Help us reach more survivors. Volunteer, donate or fundraise.

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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Knowing more about sexual violence and abuse can prevent the stigma and guilt that survivors often feel.

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Paddling for survivors

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Survive is a local North Yorkshire charity, supporting survivors of sexual violence and abuse. Last year, we delivered 4095 hours of support work, counselling, trauma and EMDR therapy to over 700 survivors. We need your support to help more survivors to rebuild their lives and relationships, and reach their potential.

On Sunday 14th July, our team of volunteers came together and bravely paddled down the River Ouse. We were joined by local MP Rachael Maskell, the SVLO team from University of York, team members from York St. John University, members of our own team, and supporters of Survive.

We came in 31st out of 36 boats, so perhaps paddling isn’t our calling… BUT we have raised an incredible £4,300 so far!

Two thirds of what we raise goes directly towards Survive – the remaining one third goes to the York Rotary Charity Fund and the York Samaritans team.

There’s still time to donate, if you can!

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 to rebuild their lives, relationships and reach their potential by delivering specialist services.


When I look in the mirror I can now really see myself again – it has taken more than 15 years to do this. Survive’s EMDR therapy has changed my life.

Find out more about The Survivor – Jessica


Life is a journey. The work done with Survive significantly eased the burden I felt and helped me move on in my journey forward.

Find out more about The Survivor – Jamie

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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

Latest news

A team photo of the paddlers who took part in York Dragon Boat Race. Many of the volunteers are wearing superhero costumers, such as Wonderwoman or Batman.

17 July 2024

Paddling for survivors!

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12 May 2024

First-time runner takes strides to support local charity, Survive

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Femme Fortissimo perform at a charity concert, raising money for Survive.

29 April 2024

All-female brass band supports Survive once again!

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18 April 2024

We’ve secured a DRAGON…

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