Who we are and what we do
Who we are
Rape and Sexual Abuse Service Highland (RASASH) is an independent charity based in Inverness. We are a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (our charity number is SC045019).
RASASH was established in 2014 to:
- Provide free, confidential, and specialist support, information, and advocacy to people affected by sexual violence in the Highland Council area;
- Help prevent and ultimately eliminate sexual violence within our community;
- Work in partnership to improve the way society and services respond to survivors of sexual violence.
What we do
RASASH provides free, confidential support and information to anyone affected by sexual violence in Highland (age 13+). This includes survivors of sexual violence and their non-abusing partners, friends, and families. We support all genders – women, men, non-binary, and trans.
We also develop and deliver training and workshops to schools, youth groups, and professionals on a range of topics related to sexual violence and gender equality. This, alongside our youth-led campaigning, is part of our work to change societal attitudes which contribute to sexual violence and the shaming of survivors.
RASASH is the only specialist sexual violence service in the Highland Council. Our service is women-led and trauma-informed.
What we believe
Our vision is a society free from all forms of sexual violence.
Our mission is to work towards the prevention and elimination of sexual violence in Highland and support the wellbeing of those affected by it.
We understand sexual violence as a cause and consequence of gender inequality. We are proud to call ourselves an intersectional-feminist organisation and these values underpin all of the work we do. We believe that:
- Inclusive: Anyone affected by sexual violence should have access to free, confidential, and specialist support.
- Empower: Survivors are experts in their own experience and our role is to support them to exercise control in their own lives.
- Activist: Sexual violence is preventable. Everyone has a role to play in challenging harmful attitudes and behaviours that enable it to occur.
- Collaborative: through partnership, we can improve the way society responds to and supports survivors of sexual violence.
Our service is open to all survivors – irrespective of their gender, when it happened, or what happened. We are trans-inclusive and pro-choice.