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WRASAC Launches New Young People's Service

Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre will formally launch its new young People’s Service, Dundee and Angus Young Survivors (DAYS) at its AGM on Friday 2nd February 5pm at the Blind Society, 10-12 Ward Road in Dundee.

Speakers will include:

  • Moira Hood MBACP (Accred) UKRC: The value of support for young survivors
  • Helen Hampton Senior Young People's Support Worker: Supporting young survivors in Dundee and Angus - The story so far
  • Mridul Wadhwa – Rape Crisis Scotland: Supporting LGBTQ+ survivors and why women’s services should support the Gender Recognition Act

To book a place go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wrasac-agm-2017-tickets-42044354797

DAYS provides support to all young survivors – boys, girls and trans people - aged from 11 to 18 who have experienced sexual violence and who live in Dundee or Angus. Sexual violence/abuse includes any sexual act which the young person did not want or has left them with difficult feelings. It can include rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, child sexual exploitation, sexual bullying, grooming, and sexting, amongst other things.

Through the funding from Comic Relief we employed a Senior Young People’s Support worker, Helen Hampton, in January 2017. Over the course of the year we have consulted with over 100 young people about what kind of service we should be providing and even on our new logo. In addition Helen has been supporting young survivors.

Last year she provided 251 face to face appointments, 110 of which were in schools, colleges and other settings in Dundee and Angus. Early indications show that we make a real difference to the lives of young survivors. For example, of the 25 young people who received therapeutic support 89% t had improved mental health and 67% were coping better. Here’s a few snippets of what young survivors had to say:

“I really like coming here and it helps. In the first few weeks I had been scared to go to sleep but not now. I like the sand tray as it helps me tell my story when I can't tell it face to face.” Survivor Aged 11

“I feel more confident, able to talk to others more freely, don’t feel controlled by the past and I feel stronger.” – Young person, 17

“I feel more confident now knowing that what happened to me was rape” – Young person, 17.

In just 12 months we have seen an unprecedented demand for support. For example:

  • In the last 12 months we have supported 61 young people, up from 22 the previous year, including 3 young men and 1 trans young person.
  • We have had 55 new referrals
  • Our waiting lists have increased significantly – we have had 9 young people on our waiting list, one of whom has been waiting for 89 days.

Helen Hampton, Senior Young People’s Support Worker:

“It has been such a privilege to be able to take on this important role. We have been so lucky to have the involvement of so many young people in establishing DAYS, they have worked with us on everything from deciding our opening times to deciding our logo and even in the decoration of our new office. We have also learnt a lot and adapted our service in response to what young people told us, we hope to continue to have this kind of partnership working.

It has also been an incredibly busy 12 months. Balancing the development of a new service and all that it entails isn’t easy when you have such a high demand for support. But we are getting there and have plans in place to try to ensure we get an extra worker for the service and are recruiting volunteers to help us support more young people.”

Sinead Daly, Manager of WRASAC:

“We are delighted to be making this important step of launching an independent young people’s service and thank Comic Relief for enabling us to make this a reality. DAYS will provide an age appropriate, safe space for young people to come and get support to recover from the impact of sexual violence and abuse. We are working tirelessly to get the funding and resources to enable us to grow the service in the coming months to ensure that no young person has to languish on a waiting list after such a horrific experience.”

Join us at the AGM: to book a place click: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wrasac-agm-2017-tickets-42044354797 , email info@wrasac.org.uk or phone 01382 205556

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