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That quiet rumble has grown in to a roar…

I have recently been invited to a 10 year Anniversary party for the Rape Crisis Scotland Helpline and it’s got me thinking. Becoming part of the Rape Crisis movement just over 10 years ago has changed my life. For the first time I got to work with a team of people who all identified as feminists.

They actively addressed power imbalances and encouraged me to have a seat at the table. Now I’m a working class woman from Fife – I didn’t have training in Feminism or indeed even know what a ‘feminist’ was. Feminism was explained to me by a man in a rock band. Ironic? Perhaps not. I did know that I was often treated differently because I was a woman – I hadn’t been allowed to play rugby at school and was instead forced in to the violent terror that is school hockey. I had been judged on how I looked (too pale, too frizzy), how I dressed (too baggy, too much on show) and how I spoke (Who is Ken? Barbie’s boyfriend?!). But I got to sit with these amazing women, from diverse backgrounds and I had a space. Now I struggle to speak up in large groups, but as I grew accustomed to the ways of these rebellious women, I was encouraged to do so.

Slowly I began to realise that not only did I have something to say, but it was valuable. I thought we could change the world. And in some ways, we have. The National Helpline has answered around 35,000 calls since it began. I think it’s fair to say that some worlds have been positively changed because the Rape Crisis movement exists. And that quiet rumble has grown in to a roar. We are busier than ever. We want the world to be a safer and more equal place for all. We listen, we believe and we support. I urge anyone who identifies as a woman and has any free time to look in to how you can become part of this too. It’s awesome and it changes lives.

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Jo on May 20 2019 at 08:47

Sadly RASAC admin can be harmful to clients wellbeing. I am a disabled woman, my disability is hidden. I could not get out of bed for a session but immediately i was docked 1 session. Last week on one day it took me 7 hours of paralysis before i could roll over in bed to get my morning meds, by this point i had also missed my lunchtime meds a d it was late afternoon.
I am in RASAC 's eyes, lesser than my counseller. My counsellor was poorly so a session was cancelled on the day. Admin has harmed me so badly i wish i never started counselling with them. I thought finally i could come to terms with my demons but not every worker has the clients best interest at heart. My start to counselling was delayed and delayed and i overheard a male worker mocking my distress. They didnt even bother replying to my last email weeks ago

RASAC P&K Response:

Hello, thank you for your post. We are sorry to read your feedback and would like the opportunity to speak with you further should you wish to contact us. RASAC P&K employs female workers only and we are committed to providing a high standard of support to survivors and their families. We take all feedback seriously and have a formal complaints procedure which you can find here: www.rasacpk.org.uk/about-complaints. This page also has details of how you can speak to a Team Leader about your experience. Our full contact details are also listed on our Contact Us page. We hope that you feel able to contact us.

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