11 August 2017
As from September 2017 RASAC will be providing a new counselling service funded through NHS England to survivors and victims of sexual violence or abuse. This service will be available to all age groups in the RASAC post code area and also in addition to all under 16-year-olds and families who have a North Hampshire post code.
The service will offer anyone who has been to or involved with any of the following;
This service is for anyone both Adults and Under 18s younger who have suffered unwanted sexual experiences whether recent or non-recent including historical Childhood Sexual Abuse ( sometimes known as CSA).
The Service will provide a free assessment within a couple of weeks of contact followed by up to 8 free specialist counselling sessions within a month of contact with a trained sexual violence Counsellor. This trauma counselling will be confidential and reviewed to ensure it meets the needs of those undergoing the counselling and is not time limited.
All professionals can refer a survivor or victim into the service by contacting RASAC on the usual routes and will be sent a secure referral form for completion, or any survivor or victim or responsible adult can refer themselves by contacting RASAC direct . Please go to the contact button to send an e-mail or for more details.
This service is currently funded until April 2018.
For more details or information please contact us.
Call our Advice & Support Line on 01962 868 688 or 01962 864 433
Anonymous SMS Text helpline service: 07860 027 793
Available 24 hours
"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
"Thank you for the Lotus week end, my life is taking a turn for the better and my new journey begins now." - July 2023