From 4th March 2013 our helpline hours are changing. We will be open:
Monday - Sunday 11am - 2pm
Monday - Thursday 5.30pm - 7.30pm
New Drop In Times
The Rape Crisis Centre now has a new evening drop in from 5.30-7.30 on alternate Wednesdays - please click here for datesWomen and girls of all ages and backgrounds experience rape and sexual assault, and it can happen at any time in their lives. Because this is usually perpetrated by men they know, women and girls often don’t report due to fear, shame or the feeling that they will be blamed or not believed.
Throughout the lifetime of Rape Crisis we have had one fundamental aim - to provide a free and confidential support service to women and girls who have experienced rape, sexual assault, or sexual abuse.Studies have shown that one in two young women will experience some kind of unwanted sexual contact before they reach the age of eighteen. This can range from flashing to rape and all of these experiences can have a lasting effect on the woman.
As women feel more able to speak out about their experiences, the demand for justice for women increases. Over the past twenty years there have been a number of changes in legislation that reflect the seriousness of this crime.
But it's not just young women who have experiences of rape or sexual assault. It can happen to women and girls of all ages. Our figures at rape crisis show that around 30% of women will ever make a report to the police.
Since 1976 the Rape Crisis Centre has been providing free and confidential support to women and girls who have been raped, sexually assaulted or sexually abused, no matter when this has happened in their lives. We support women whether or not they have reported the incident to the police.
This can be because attitudes about rape and sexual assault often blame women and excuse the rapist and this can silence women.We are based in Glasgow but also offer services to women in Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire and we work in partnership with service providers in Inverclyde. We have outreach services in the south side of Glasgow and in east and west Dunbartonshire.
Our services include telephone support, face to face support, letter and email support, groupwork and links to complimentary therapies.We have also developed a range of information booklets and leaflets covering issues such as Child Sexual Abuse, Self Harming, Ritual Abuse, Stalking and have a separate booklet on Legal Issues which gives information on procedures around going to court.
All of our publications are free to women survivors of sexual violence, their partners, family members or friends.