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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 of sexual violence. 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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Latest News


All our services are free and any contribution you can make will help us to keep supporting survivors of rape and sexual abuse. Can you help us?

From 19 Jan our helpline service will be closed for a period of time and will be covered by Rape Crisis Scotland’s National Helpline.

For support, information or to make an appointment for EWRASAC please call Rape Crisis Scotland's helpline. It's open every evening, 6pm - midnight on freephone 08088 010302. It's free from landlines and most mobile providers.

Calls to our helpline won't be answered and messages won't be responded to. Please only leave a message if you're calling about an existing appointment.

As from 11 Dec we're sorry to announce that our waiting list for counselling and support is closed temporarily. We'll continue to offer crisis support to those who have been recently raped or assaulted (within the last 3 months).

This does not affect long-term support for our STAR project for young people, (ELSAS) or Mid-Lothian service. Please check our website and Facebook for updates on when we will be in a position to re-open our waiting list.


Our new booklet for survivors looks at trauma, the effects of sexual violence, ways of coping and recovery.


The Scottish Government's booklet on rape and sexual assault gives practical information and good advice. 



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