Vote For SARSAS This January In Our First Charity Poll of 2021!

Posted on 14 Dec 2020 by Amy Jackson


Somerset & Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS) provides specialist support for people who have experienced rape, sexual abuse or sexual violence at any point in their lives.

Serving Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, they offer confidential help and support to individuals, workplace education and training, and support to friends and family of people affected by sexual violence.

Believing rape and sexual assault is never the fault of the victim-survivor, SARSAS offer a safe, private, and non-judgemental space where victims will always be believed and supported.


What Support Can SARSAS Provide to Survivors?

SARSAS offer a number of support services to anyone who has experienced rape, sexual abuse or assault. This includes:

Helpline: Their confidential helpline is free and open to all. Run by specially trained volunteers, the helpline allows individuals to explore their thoughts, feelings, and the options available to them.

Live Chat and E-Support: SARSAS offers a free, confidential live chat on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. These are sessions where individuals can talk to volunteer support workers for emotional support and information on services and resources available. Additionally, they offer support via email which gives individuals a chance to explore their thoughts and feelings.

One to One Support: The charity also offers a one to one support service either in person or over the phone, where trained volunteers offer a safe space for survivors to talk and express their feelings.

Counselling: SARSAS offer counselling by qualified practitioners who are experienced in working with people who have been affected by rape and sexual abuse. Tailored to meet the needs of the individual, the counselling service can offer tools to help reduce the impact and intensity of trauma symptoms and emotions, education on how the brain works and how it deals with trauma, and helping individuals to make sense of what has happened to them.



SARSAS also run a number of campaigns to help raise awareness and tackle the misconceptions around sexual abuse and sexual violence:

The Chilling Silence: A campaign and support project highlighting the impact of sexual violence on older women.

Pause Play Stop: Designed to get people talking about sexual consent, the Pause Play Stop campaign aims to encourage consent between partners, thus helping to reduce incidents of rape and sexual assault.

The Learning Disability and Autism Project: SARSAS run a project that provides support to people with Learning Disabilities and Autism who have experienced sexual violence. The project also develops tools and resources and provides training and support to professionals.


How You Can Support SARSAS This January

SARSAS is constantly seeking funding to help keep their services running. We are delighted to be supporting them this month in our January charity poll. You can help them to win 20% of our profits by casting your vote for them today.

Find out more about SARSAS by visiting their website:

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