SARSAS is a specialist support service for survivors of rape and sexual abuse.
SARSAS provide free, confidential, trauma informed specialist support and counselling services to relieve the distress and rebuild the lives of survivors of rape and any kind of sexual abuse who are aged 13 and over. We specialise in working with women and girls. SARSAS raises awareness about rape and sexual abuse through informative campaigning, advocating for survivors voices to be heard and training for change.Why the community needs us
Sexual violence happens to 1 in 5 women in the UK. We provide emotional and practical support, a freephone helpline, E support, 1-1 support by phone or face to face, specialist counselling, information and resources to survivors in Bath and NE Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucestershire. In the last year, we took 883 new referrals, received 3395 helpline calls and responded to 637 emails. 97% of our service users felt empowered or more empowered after using our service.Our impact on the community
We stand alongside survivors, helping empower them to regain control and make their own choices; improve health and well being, increase their knowledge about the impact of trauma,how to cope and recover, increase safety and open up future opportunities. We also support parents/carers so that they feel more confident supporting their loved one. We train and advise other professionals to understand the realities of sexual violence, educate about sexual consent and respond safely to disclosures.
We are looking for skilled volunteer workers to help us sustain and expand our services to meet the needs and continue as a centre of excellence for survivors of rape and sexual abuse