Rape & Sexual Assault Referral Centre

The Rape And Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) provides support to all male and female survivors of rape and sexual abuse in Surrey and the surrounding areas.

Often there is no one for a raped or sexually abused person to turn to, no one with whom to share their feelings. Caring partners or family members have difficulty understanding and coping with the aftermath and it’s often easier for survivors to talk to a skilled person – someone who can be relied upon to listen carefully and empathise with the caller, without making judgements.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner provides funding to RASASC to help it deliver and expand its services across the County. Recent funding includes:

£69,251 to enable the RASASC to provide another counselling hub in Leatherhead. The current Face to Face counselling service is located in Guildford and is working at full capacity with a growing waiting list of clients. Through the improved service, experienced and professional counsellors will work on a one-to-one basis with male and female survivors of rape and sexual abuse.

We have also provided additional funding so RASASC can  expand and develop its Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) service, including the recruitment of new staff to better manage current caseloads and anticipated increase in referrals. ISVAs support male and female victims of rape and sexual abuse providing both practical and emotional support whether the assault was recent, non-recent or historic and whether the victim wishes to report the crime to the police or not. Helping the victim to make informed choices and signposting to other services is a central part of the ISVA role. The support from ISVAs is tailored to each client. This approach helps clients cope with the impact of the abuse and move towards recovery, according to the needs of the individual, for example enabling access to counselling, medical or other support services.

For more information about RASASC and the services it can offer, please visit: www.rasasc.org.