Rape Crisis Centre won a financial award for developing its Trauma Recovery Programme
Rape Crisis centre won around £50,000 from the People’s Project funding led by STV and The Big Lottery in Glasgow in April 2017.
The award will be used to expand a Trauma Recovery Programme for survivors of sexual violence and to support their families and partners.
The Trauma Recovery Programme will include women from black, minority ethnic communities and women who have experienced female genital mutilation.
Rape Crisis Centre will expand their services to deliver support for the disabled and women who suffer from addiction.
Isabelle Kerr, the manager of Rape Crisis Centre, said “We have developed and expanded a range of programmes for sexual violence survivors and the Trauma Recovery group is a very goals-focused group which supports also a group of partners and family members of survivors.”
A survivor of sexual assault, Jade Freeman, spoke during an interview on the People’s Project website about her experience and how she managed to overcome her suffering by the support of Rape Crisis Centre.
“It was really a difficult time in my life and I didn’t know where I was going. I lost a lot of friends. I had to leave college. And coming here has given me that confidence and I feel like I am such a stronger person because I am coming here and I am having the support”, she said.
“I would say to somebody that it does get better and as like the end of the tunnel you just need to go through the tunnel first and you will get better”, Freeman added.
Her mother said that she received support in the Centre also and gained experience about how to help her daughter during her recovery from trauma.
Last year, Rape Crisis Centre received around 50,000 telephone calls, texts and emails from women of different ages who sought support and worked with about 1,155 individual women who attended the Centre.
“Women will be vulnerable at different ages and we work with girls from age 13 and that is very difficult to see a young woman coming here to get support as she is still wearing the school uniform”, Kerr said.
“Also women who have learning difficulties or poor mental health are very vulnerable to ongoing predatory behaviour because they have absolutely no control over their lives”, Kerr added.
Rape Crisis Centre was established in 1976 to support victims of sexual abuse in Glasgow, Renfrewshire and East and West Dunbartonshire.
The Centre provides sexual crimes’ survivors with support and advocacy through individual and group-work programmes.
Ruby Project is one of the programmes based in the Rape Crisis Centre and works with women from black and minority ethnic communities. The other part of the Ruby Project is a service for women in the asylum seeker process who have experienced sexual violence in the UK or abroad.
In the past year, around 178 women from 43 different countries and cultural backgrounds received support within Ruby Project.
“We provide individual counselling services depending on the person’s needs and use different types of tools which include commutative behaviour therapy and psychology dynamic therapy”, Kerr said.
Rape Crisis Centre has developed a group-work programme for women who have experienced female gentile mutilation (FGM).
“We worked with about 40 women who told us about their female gentile mutilation and the majority of them are from Somalia and Nigeria”, Kerr said.
“It’s a crime to perform in the UK and if the parents take their child to perform FGM abroad, they will be prosecuted by the law”, Kerr stressed.
According to a Scottish Government report, the number of sexual crimes recorded by the police in Scotland increased by 7% from 9,557 in 2014-15 to 10,273 in 2015-16. But the historical figures show a bigger rise of sexual crimes in comparison with 6,726 in 2006.
Rape Crisis Centre’s services are not limited to support for sexual violence survivors from trauma but they have also established a Support Report project, which helps survivors who want to go to the criminal justice process. “Our support workers will help victims from making a statement to the police right up to the court” Kerr said.
“Sometimes the police come here to the centre to take a statement because it is much comfortable and easier for the person who is giving a statement here in the centre”, Kerr added.
Rape Crisis Centre was among three winners in the People’s Project funding in the Glasgow area. The other two were the Children Wood project for outdoor activities and forest school for young children and Chris Home project that provides peer support, intervention and assistance to people who are suicidal.
The People’s Project is run by the Big Lottery Fund, ITV, STV, UTV and the National Lottery and grants awards for successful projects across the UK depending on public voting every year.
This year 95 projects across the UK competed to win grants for developing their projects and support their local communities.
Here the whole interview here: