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History

Established since 1985, Rape Crisis South London changed its name from the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) in 2012.

Who are we?

Established since 1985, Rape Crisis South London changed its name from the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) in 2012, with the advent of three other Rape Crisis Centres created to provide specialist support to women living in the North, East and West of London. In 2014, with the support of the Mayors Office for Policing and Crime, we have been able to establish satellite services across South London, to ensure no woman has to travel for more than an hour to access our therapy.

We were originally set up as part of a Women’s Aid project and have become an independent organisation operating out of a Croydon hub, with satellite services available in Kingston and Bexley (and soon to be in Southwark), providing a high standard of professional support to female survivors of sexual violence.

We run a woman-only service, both for clients and staff, in response to the needs of our service users and the disproportionate nature of sexual violence as committed by men against women and girls. For this reason we believe sexual violence to be both a cause and a consequence of gender inequality and are committed to a feminist, empowering model of working.

For male survivors, we recommend contacting our brother organisation Survivors UK on 0845 122 1201 Monday & Tuesday
between 7pm and 9.30pm or Thursday between 12pm and 2:30pm.

Raising Survivor Voices

We are committed to ensuring the voices of survivors are heard at the highest levels. To do this we participate in a number of membership organisations, working groups and committees including:

  • Rape Crisis (England and Wales) adhering  to their occupational standards of service delivery.
  • End Violence Against Women Coalition.
  • NCVO.
  • RAINS.
  • Eating Disorders Association.
  • Self Harm Network.
  • First Person Plural.
  • Women’s Resource Centre
  • Telephone Helplines Association.
  • British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
  • Domestic Violence Joint Planning Team.
  • Sexual Violence Action and Awareness Network.
  •  Independent Advisory Group for Project Sapphire.

Awards

  • Investing in Volunteers 2004.
  • Helpline Worker of the Year 2001 and 2010.
  • Commendation Award from the Sustainable City Awards 2010.

Services

We are completely independent from government, police or the NHS. All initial consultations and most of our services take place at our Croydon centre, including:

  • The national Rape Crisis helpline.
  • Face-to-face Counselling.
  • ISVA advocacy for female survivors in South London.
  • Group therapy for clients who have completed therapy.
  • In-house accredited training on the effects of rape and childhood sexual abuse.
  • Awareness training given to other professionals, challenging the myths around rape and childhood sexual abuse, the effects of sexual violence and optimum support methods for survivors.
  • Ongoing research into optimum therapeutic approaches for survivors.
  • Development of a court familiarisation programme for witnesses.
  • Responding to media and press enquiries.
Support Documents

Click here to view our support documents. Each document is available as a PDF download.

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