News & events
The Sexual Assault Referral Network (SARN) in Tayside has extended its opening hours to support people who have been raped or sexually assaulted.
The SARN offers a self-referral service to people who have been raped or sexually assaulted but do not want to report it to the Police. To provide support, the network has extended its opening hours and has now set up a dedicated phone-line which is available every day until midnight.
The dedicated phone line - 0300 365 2001 - allows people to directly contact a Rape Crisis Helpline worker who will offer initial support and contact to the Forensic and Custody Nurses in Tayside.
Callers are offered support, access to health services, such as emergency contraception and screening for sexually transmitted infections. They are also offered the option of the collection and storage of forensic evidence, should they decide to report to the police at a later time.
NHS Tayside, Womens Rape And Sexual Assault Centre (WRASAC) Dundee & Angus, Rape and Sexual Assault Centre Perth & Kinross, Rape Crisis Scotland (RASAC) and Police Scotland have collaborated to increase services and raise the profile and awareness of the SARN self-referral service.
From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The international campaign originated from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991.
Please see the Programme of the events in Angus here.
I’m Helen and I’m a support worker for young people. I’ve been here for nearly 2 years but I’ve been helping children and young people for... lots of years.
Welcome to my first blog which will look at how the support workers here at Dundee and Angus Young Survivors help young people. We work with children as young as 10, and young people to 18 years or so. That’s a big age range. This explanation could seem quite simplistic, or maybe complicated. It’s hard to write something that suits everyone. But when it comes to working with young people, we don’t treat everyone the same. We adapt to suit you.
Today is the International Day Against Prostitution. In order to show our support Vice Versa have launched its long awaited and thought provoking film ‘Hidden’.
The film shows the harrowing hard hitting dangers and harmful realities of woman involved in prostitution through real lived experiences of women. The film focuses on how vulnerable women suffer at the hands of men who see them and their bodies as commodities to be bought and sold and highlights the fact that this is not a ‘choice’ and that each woman has their own story often surrounded by trauma and violence.
Vice Versa promotes the health, rights and dignity of woman involved and strives to raise awareness in order to challenge the negative views surrounding woman involved in prostitution.
When people ask me what I do for a living, and I tell them that I support women who have experienced rape and sexual abuse, they look at me and immediately say “goodness, that must be really hard”. And yes while moments of my day can be emotionally demanding, in truth I consider my job to be a privilege that leaves me feeling inspired and hopeful every single day.