Sexual Trauma & Abuse Restorative Therapies
14 July 2020
Every year RASAC is required by its funders including Hampshire County Council, NHS England and The Office for Police and Crime Commissioning to produce annual statistical reports. These inform the funders but more importantly shape future focus and strategy and inform us of any new trends. These reports in full can be obtained by request from the RASAC office.
During 2019/2020 (April to March) RASAC received nearly 400 referrals for a service (391) of which 331 were from females and 60 from males. While a much lower figure the number of males accessing our services represents an upward and ongoing trend in overall male referrals up from 13% in 2018/19 to 15% over 2019/20.
Of the 391, by far the greatest referral source (163) was direct from those wanting to access our service, while from professional sources the Police represented the most with 124 referrals.
We provided nearly 2,000 counselling sessions (1,854) over the year and on average saw around 50 people every week and had very few (4%) who did not turn up for counselling. Of those who attended and fed back about their therapeutic experiences over 90% reported that they had benefited from their counselling at RASAC, subjective feedback supported by the positive outcomes seen and measured through our 6 weekly client progress and review monitoring.
The bulk (97%) of those who we helped came from a White British ethnic grouping which is representative of the area that we cover across Central Hampshire.
By age group the most referrals for a service came from females aged 18-30 and by type of sexual trauma over 65% had experienced sexual trauma during childhood.
We maintained our high standards of seeing people as soon as possible by seeing over 93% of people within 3 weeks of initial contact and 84% of people started counselling with a trained counsellor within 12 weeks from the initial point of contact.
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"I have gained a new understanding of what happened to me. I am feeling better and my thinking is more positive."
"I am now in control of my thoughts and my life. I have gained self-confidence in so many ways and I am no longer haunted by the past."
"I have been given the tools to cope with everyday life. Without counselling I would have continued to deny my situation and feelings which was having extreme detrimental effect on myself, family and friends… RASAC has saved me from self destruction without the support I would have crumbled – a true life saver."
"My RASAC counselling has completely changed my life… I am a better mother, a more involved member of the community and I am able to keep myself safe."
"I was counselled for almost a year. I had a wonderful counsellor who helped me through a very difficult and unpleasant time in my life. It has been a process of healing by revisiting past places which at one time felt unimaginable. The journey has been raw and unnerving but slowly I came to see how I was repairing my damaged self. I finally accepted ownership of what had happened to me and was able to let go of my guilt and shame. My counsellor understood my outlook on life and created a connection with me that was very special. I eventually looked forward to my session as a weekly debrief rather than a purge. I am as happy and confident as I have ever been and I tell people about what I have learnt to help turn their negativity into positivity. Fear can be a very powerful emotion and prevent us from moving on in our lives but once it is confronted the clouds separate and you can focus on that hint of sunshine."
"Thank-you for the support, for the first time since talking about the sexual abuse to someone it is really helping me."
"Thank you so much for all your time and support while I was working through all of the stuff that happened - I really couldn't have done it without your help and input." Male client - June 2021
"The support, understanding and guidance that I've received from START has been life-changing. The whole process has been crucial for me to understand some of the trauma I'd experienced during my childhood. Who I've become as a consequence, who I am today, and how I process some of my thoughts, feelings and emotions." - April 2023
"I cannot thank Sarah at START enough for the counselling I received. I was a bit sceptical of the EMDR therapy I was offered at first but it really has helped me a great deal and I'm grateful for having the opportunity to go through it." - April 2023
"I'd like to thank everyone involved at START. You're doing a phenomenal job. I can't stress how important this journey has been for me. It's been a life altering experience." - April 2023