Over the last few weeks, and this week in particular, there has been a huge amount of media coverage focused on sexual violence – with a heavy emphasis on the criminal justice system and its failings. We know how important it is to highlight and challenge the failings and injustice of this system. We also know how hard this may be to read, and be constantly surrounded by.
At RASASC we know there continues to be silence about the realities of what survivors experience, endure, and feel. And we consequently know how heavy and overwhelming the constant reporting (and misreporting) around sexual violence may feel sometimes.
And so, in the face of this, we wanted to take a moment to stop and pause.
To remember that, despite how draining and demanding the criminal justice process is, especially right now, there are survivors who still choose to go through this gruelling process because it is the right decision for them.
To remember that there are also survivors who know that our criminal justice system will not and cannot give them what they need, and who in turn make the equally brave decision not to report to the police.
All of this speaks to the strength, resilience and power of survivors. Survivors of sexual violence are amazing and this must be shouted as loudly as anything we’re reading in the press at the moment.
If you are struggling to read the news right now, know that it is ok to switch off. It is ok to take the time and space you need to look after yourself. We also know that self-care can be hard, and sometimes scary. By sharing our recent article on self-care, we hope it offers a useful reminder to take time for yourself.
If you need to talk confidentially, and to be heard, we are here. You can call our national helpline on 0808 802 9999 – we’re open every day of the year from 12-2.30pm and 7-9.30pm.
“When you get tired, learn to rest, not quit” – Banksy
“Self-care is how you take your power back – daily” – Lalah Delia