From Friday 19th February, Rape Crisis Scotland will be offering a specialist support service on the national helpline for LGBTI survivors of sexual violence, and their friends and families.
This will complement existing services and offer LGBTI survivors an additional opportunity to seek support responsive to their experiences from specially trained support workers. Rape Crisis Scotland National Co-ordinator, Sandy Brindley said “We know that LGBTI survivors can experience unique stresses following sexual violence, which can make it even more difficult to report what has happened to them or to come forward and seek help. With our new resources and helpline service, Rape Crisis Scotland is taking proactive steps to overcome these barriers, and we want to highlight the fact that our support is fully inclusive, and able to respond to all survivors, whatever their gender identity or sexual orientation.”
LGBTI survivors can call the Rape Crisis Scotland helpline at any time, but highlighting particular hours in this way is intended to offer an additional opportunity for survivors to seek support in the confident knowledge that Rape Crisis Scotland is able to respond to their needs, and understands that gender identity and sexual orientation can be a major factor in the way survivors experience the impact of abuse. The new service will operate on Mondays and Thursdays between 7pm and midnight. The number to call is 08088 01 03 02.
Rape Crisis Scotland has also produced a new resource for LGBTI survivors, which is available in both print and digital formats. This new leaflet, which was developed in consultation with LGBTI survivors and partner organisations Scottish Transgender Alliance, LGBT Youth Scotland, and LGBT Health & Wellbeing, outlines in detail the particular challenges LGBTI survivors may face, and also gives information on what they can expect if they seek support from Rape Crisis Scotland.
The new LGBTI resource is the first of its kind in Scotland.
The new service and resource are among many steps Rape Crisis Scotland is currently taking as it works towards receiving an LGBT Charter Mark – an indication that an organisation has trained staff and put in place all necessary steps to ensure that its services and resources are fully inclusive and able to respond sensitively and appropriately to the needs of the LGBTI community.
James Morton of Scottish Transgender Alliance said:
“Rape Crisis Scotland’s new resource and helpline service are really important ways of reassuring LGBTI people that they will receive inclusive and empathetic support. Our research indicates that trans people are at particular risk of sexual assault as a form of transphobic hate crime and often fear further humiliation if they seek help. Intersex people are born with physical bodies which are not clearly male or female and are at particular risk of childhood abuse trauma from coercive medical interventions on their genitals. Feelings of shame about having bodies which vary from societal expectations can hinder intersex people from seeking help. Rape Crisis Scotland's work demonstrating their awareness of these issues will hopefully encourage more survivors to reach out for support."
Brandi-Lee Lough Dennell of LGBT Youth Scotland said: “LGBT Youth Scotland welcomes the publication of the LGBTI Survivors of Sexual Violence resource. Since lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are often missing from public messages on abuse and violence, they may not recognise their experiences as abusive. This resource includes important information on concerns relevant to LGBT people and makes it clear to those who have experienced sexual violence that they will be understood and supported.”
If you would like to give us feedback on this resource or the new targeted service please do so here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8XV7LVS
The Rape Crisis Scotland helpline is open from 6pm to midnight, seven days a week on 08088 01 03 02. If you have any enquiries about the new resource and service please contact Sandie Barton on 0141 331 4187 or Eileen Maitland on 0141 331 4181 or email email@example.com
Published: 18th February 2015
Our new video resource 'Survivors' Guide to the Scottish Justice System' is also available in a variety of community languages in addition to the English and subtitled versions.
'Survivors' Guide to the Scottish Justice System' (overview here) - is for anyone who is thinking about reporting a sexual crime or who has already reported and their case is currently in Scottish justice system. The video includes interviews with key professionals and an overview of how to report and what you may expect at each stage of the process.
There is a subtitled version of the video for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing (overview here) and it is also available in Arabic (overview here), French (overview here), Polish (overview here), Slovak (overview here), Chinese (overview here), and Urdu (overview here).
We can arrange for language interpreters for anyone calling our helpline whose first language is not English. We can also arrange for information to be translated on request.
For more information, or to receive any of our resources, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published: 5th August 2014
Rape Crisis Scotland has produced a new DVD resource aimed at explaining the criminal justice process for survivors of sexual violence.
Sexual crimes continue to figure among those with the lowest reporting rates and survivors face many barriers when considering whether or not to take this step, including fears around what will happen if they do. Of survivors seeking support from rape crisis centres only a small proportion have reported what happened to police.
The new DVD (entitled ‘Survivors’ Guide to the Scottish Justice System’) is intended to help anyone who is thinking about reporting a sexual crime or who has already reported. The DVD offers an overview of how to report and includes a series of interviews with key professionals including a SOLO officer, a forensic examiner, a prosecutor, a defence lawyer, and the Lord Advocate.
These first-hand accounts explain in detail what reporting a sexual crime and the subsequent investigation and trial can involve at every step of the journey and Rape Crisis Scotland hopes that this new resource will help survivors to feel better informed when they are making the decision about whether or not to report, and (for those who have already reported) as their cases progress.
The DVD includes options for voiceover translations into 6 community languages and English subtitles for people who are Deaf and hard of hearing.
For more information, or to receive a copy of the DVD, please email email@example.com.
Published: 13th June 2014
The Support to Report Project is funded by the Scottish Government and offers 24 hour on-call advocacy support to women and men reporting rape in Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire.
Support to Report ensures that survivors reporting rape can access specialised on-call support from experienced workers at the Rape Crisis Centre in Glasgow. Access to early support and information helps survivors of rape to feel more informed about the legal process as well as linking them into on-going support available at both the Rape Crisis Centre in Glasgow and the Archway sexual assault referral centre.
Support to Report can be contacted at the Rape Crisis Centre in Glasgow on Freephone 08088 00 00 34 or by calling Police Scotland on 101.
Published: 16th April 2014
Rape Crisis Scotland has produced a range of new resources to help people to stay safe online.
The internet makes it very easy for people to connect quickly with others and to find out and send very personal information. It also allows people to hide who they really are and what they are doing. Some people use the internet to harm others - this could be someone they know or a stranger. Online technology is featuring increasingly as a factor involved in some instances of sexual violence reported by survivors and can also facilitate and aggravate different forms of abuse, including stalking, grooming, controlling and bullying.
Rape Crisis Scotland's new resources are aimed at parents & carers, children & young people, and people engaged in dating or conducting relationships online. These resources may be augmented in the future to include others aimed at different user groups. We are committed to keeping up to date with developments in this area and will continue to update our resources and website accordingly.
Sexual violence & the online connection
Any form of sexual contact which someone does not agree to is sexual violence. Anyone who does not respect another’s privacy, who will not leave them alone, who posts embarrassing or threatening statements about them, or ‘shares’ photos online without their permission is being abusive. These are just some examples of how online activity can be used to facilitate abuse.
Perpetrators of sexual violence and abuse are always responsible for it. Taking risks or doing something that made them vulnerable does not mean that those they target have caused or invited the abuse to happen.
For more information or for hard copies of the new resources, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published: 10th February 2014
Rape Crisis Scotland has produced a range of new self-care resources for survivors.
These twelve new leaflets offer information, tips and links on Self-harm, Dissociation, Sexual health, Flashbacks, Suicidal thoughts & feelings, Anger, Healing from sexual violence, Trauma, Nightmares & sleep problems, Panic attacks, Relationships, and Coping after sexual violence.
can see and download the new resources at http://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/publications/resources/.
Hard copies of the new resources will be available in the near future.
Published: 5th November 2013
We just wanted to let people know that we have had a few problems with our email over the last few days, which have meant that we have not received some emails that have been sent to us. The problem has now been fixed, but if you were expecting to hear from us, and have not, or think there’s a chance we may not have received something you’ve sent, please do get in touch with us – either by email to email@example.com, or by calling 0141 331 4180.
Sorry for any inconvenience.
Published: 5th October 2012
Rape Crisis Scotland today launches its new Deaf Access Service with a multiagency event held with partners Deaf Connections in Glasgow.
From today, in addition to our 6pm-midnight helpline we will also offer a support service on Tuesdays from 1.30 to 5pm aimed at Deaf survivors, family and friends.
Support will be available via text on 07537 400702, via free Sign on Screen calls (the online BSL interpreting service) to 0141 331 2715 as well as via our existing minicom, email, telephone and fax.
You can download a leaflet about the new service here.
Published: 18th September 2012
Rape Crisis Scotland website now includes a range of videos offering
information in British Sign Language (BSL).
These were produced in collaboration with Deaf Connections, and look at Rape and Sexual Assault, Child Sexual Abuse, Drug Assisted Sexual Assault, Information for Family and Friends, Police and Legal Advice and Stalking. The site also includes links to BSL video information on Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence.
You can see the BSL videos at: http://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/bsl/introduction/
Published: 4th July 2012
Rape Crisis Scotland has developed a new training DVD for staff or volunteers who will be involved in providing support to survivors of sexual violence. The DVD is intended to highlight some of the key values, skills and qualities involved in providing support. The DVD includes key tips (which can be viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMUr78DnO50&feature=youtu.be) and responses to 5 common scenarios. If you are interested in accessing training using the DVD, contact your local rape crisis centre.
Published: 25th January 2012
Rape Crisis Scotland is putting together a new resource in the form of a small book comprising a collection of words and phrases which have been a source of comfort, reassurance and support for survivors of sexual violence. What we are looking for are examples of everyday reassurances which have been real sources of verbal comfort. These don’t have to be anything unique or special – just examples of things which you have found really helpful yourself when someone said them to you, or have said yourself to someone else, and would be willing to share with us.
Are there particular things that you feel can make a real difference?
We would love to hear of anything that you think has been meaningful and supportive for survivors.
Please send any contributions to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks very much in advance for anything you might be able to send.
Published: 27th July 2011
"Making recovery a reality" is a new film from Rape Crisis Scotland which looks at the impact of sexual violence on survivors and highlights the support services offered by the Rape Crisis network in Scotland. Women who have been supported by Rape Crisis centres describe their own journeys of recovery and the part that Rape Crisis has played in making their recovery a reality. We are enormously grateful to everyone who took part in the making of the film.
Published: 12th August 2010