At RASASH we provide free and confidential emotional support to survivors of sexual violence. This service is designed to help people cope with the effects of trauma, explore their feelings, and promote healing and recovery.
Our workers are trained professionals who offer a safe, supportive and non-judgemental environment for people to talk about their experiences, express their emotions, and work through any difficulties they may be facing.
Support sessions can be delivered in-person at our office in Inverness or by our outreach workers, who travel across Highland to meet people in their local area. We can also offer support by phone or video call, or even text or email. We will match people with a dedicated worker, who will work alongside you during your time with RASASH.
Generally, most people who access our service receive a block of up to 6 one-hour long support sessions, followed by a little break and then a further block of up to 15 sessions. There is always the option to re-refer for more support after this.
Please contact us if you would like to find out more information or if you would like to receive support. We are also able to accept referrals from agencies, provided you have the person’s consent.
We know that sexual violence can happen anywhere, to anyone, and we know how difficult it can be to access support when you live in rural Highlands. At RASASH, we have dedicated Outreach Support Workers; their role is to travel and provide in-person support services throughout the Highlands.
We offer face to face emotional support in Caithness, Easter Ross, East Sutherland, Wester Ross, Lochaber, Nairn and Badenoch and Strathspey. We work in safe, accessible community spaces, within schools or walking sessions. We understand the challenges faced with living in small rural communities and we work with you to provide support in a way that feels most comfortable.
We know that living in a small community after experiencing sexual violence can be very isolating, but please know you are not alone.
We can also offer Outreach group work to survivors accessing our service. These run at different times and locations throughout the year so please speak to your support worker if you are interested in attending group work and they can let you know if we are currently running a group in your area.
We can attend youth clubs, schools and local community groups to provide services such as; raising awareness about what our service can offer, lead discussions on gender based violence, offer a safe space for survivors to access support, provide training to staff or just to provide leaflets and resources. If you would like to learn more about this work or if you’d like to request further information, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.