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Edinburgh Women's Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre

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Edinburgh Women's Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre

We offer free and confidential emotional and practical support, information and advocacy, to women, all members of the transgender community and young survivors aged 12 and over who have experienced sexual violence from male or female abusers at any time in their lives. This includes rape, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse and ritual abuse. 

For the last 35 years we have provided support to thousands of survivors in South East Scotland. We are based in Edinburgh city centre but we also have an outreach service - East Lothian Sexual Abuse Service (ELSAS). We work to empower survivors: to support them to find and make their own choices.

Our STAR project offers support to young survivors aged 12-18, and Aurora is our dedicated service for women and transgender people involved in prostitution. We also provide support for family, friends or partners and workers who are in a supporting role.

We aim to change attitudes about gender based violence and improve services for survivors. As part of our campaign work we offer talks and awareness raising workshops. We also run a series of training courses for workers in agencies and can provide tailor made courses.

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You can support our work by:

  • Believing a survivor who tells you she’s been assaulted
  • Supporting her to make her own choices about what she wants to do
  • Challenging abusive behaviour or views which promote violence

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75% of our frontline support and counselling services are currently at risk due to the end of funding streams at 31 May 2014. Can you help us?


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