We offer free and confidential emotional and practical support, information and advocacy, to women, girls aged 12 and over and all members of the transgender community, 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 30 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 in East Lothian, East Lothian Sexual Abuse Service (ELSAS). We work to empower survivors: to support them to find and make their own choices. We also provide support for family, friends or partners who are in a supporting role, and workers in other agencies.
We aim to change attitudes about gender based violence and improve services and legal provision for female survivors. As part of our campaign work we offer talks and awareness raising workshops. We also run a series of multi-agency training courses for workers in agencies across Edinburgh and the Lothians and can provide tailor made training 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
Our vision is an end to all violence against women and a society in which women have equality, freedom and choice to lead the lives they want to lead.