Specialist Sexual Violence Outreach Service
RASASC provides an independent and confidential Outreach Service across South London, to women and girls aged 13+ who have survived any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives. This is provided by a female Outreach Worker, who has been trained to support female survivors of sexual violence, and who specialises and is experienced in supporting survivors who have also experienced societal marginalisation for any reason. This can include, but isn’t limited to, those with experiences of the sex industry, the prison system, and homelessness.
Through face-to-face meetings at Hub Points or Drop-Ins, our Outreach Worker can
- Offer highly qualified, empathic support to female survivors of rape and sexual abuse aged 13+
- Provide free informative literature on issues related to sexual violence to anyone requiring it.
- Offer streamlined referrals into RASASC’s counselling and advocacy services.
- Inform survivors of relevant agencies/health-care /Independent Sexual Violence Advisers/Therapists/Sexual Assault Referral Centres/Rape Crisis Centres in their area.
- Form part of the network of support that many survivors need and all deserve.
How can I access the Outreach Service at a Hub-Point?
Appointments need to be made in advance to meet with our Outreach Worker at a Hub-Point.
We have Hub Points in all areas of South London. Appointments need to be made in advance to meet with our Outreach Worker Katie at a Hub-Point.
These are safe, women-only spaces owned by other organisations that have made a room(s) available for us to use when we need it.
How can I access the Outreach Service at a Drop-In?
Appointments do not need to be made to meet with our Outreach Worker at a Drop-In.
Clients can drop-in to speak to our worker, without needing to call and make an appointment in advance. These are existing women-only drop-ins run by outside organisations with other specialisms; however, any female client age 13+ who wants support and information for sexual violence can attend these drop-ins to access our specialist support.
- Who: Spires
When: Every Friday morning
Support for survivors who are or have been involved in the sex industry
We know that just because you are or have been involved in the sex industry, this does not mean that you have experienced sexual violence. If you have experienced sexual violence then you did not deserve it, you do however deserve the very best possible support, support that doesn’t judge you or make you feel uncomfortable, and which recognises the many different experiences of people in the sex industry. All violence committed against women in the sex industry is a crime, not an ‘occupational hazard’. We and our organisation are here if you do ever want to talk.
You can sign up to National Ugly Mugs for free to anonymously report incidents and receive warnings about reported individuals. If you report to National Ugly Mugs they will use the information to warn other people in the sex industry.
Our Outreach Worker does
- Provide a professional, accountable and confidential service.
- Listen to all female survivors with sincerity and non-judgmental acceptance.
- Empower clients to feel worthy to be given the support they deserve.
- Give information/referral contacts at a survivor’s request.
Our Outreach Worker does not
- Tell women what to do.
- Make assumptions about a client’s feelings.
- Pressure women to take further action.
- Pressure women to change their behaviour or lifestyle.
- Judge or lie.
RASASC Outreach works with organisations to form the network of support and expertise that survivors deserve. Through this our worker is able to introduce RASASC’s services in person, answer any questions you may have, and deliver material. We can also deliver awareness raising sessions on sexual violence for professionals and/or clients.
How can I refer clients into this service?
For all services at RASASC we ask that survivors self-refer so that from the moment they begin working with us they are empowered to make choices for themselves. Professionals can encourage their clients to self-refer in four ways:
- By arranging for our Outreach Worker to come and attend an existing drop-in/outreach service run by your organisation. Clients will be able to speak to the worker on-site, there and then, about the support and information offered. This can be a one-off or a regular attendance.
- By arranging for our Outreach Worker to come and deliver a one-off awareness-raising session at your organisation, which can be attended by staff and/or clients.
- By letting your clients know of their nearest Hub Point, so that they can contact us and arrange to meet there.
- By letting your clients know of their nearest Drop-In, which they can drop in to any time we are in attendance there.
For more information, or if you would like to arrange for our Specialist Outreach Worker to visit you or your organisation on either a single appointment or regular basis, please call our office and ask for Katie.
- Tuesday – Friday, 10.00am – 6pm
- Office number: 020 8683 3311