Sexual violence and rape happens all over the world and its devastating effects can take a lifetime to recover from. It is estimated that 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their lives (source). One in ten women in Scotland has experienced rape & one in five women in Scotland has had someone try to make them have sex against their will (source).
Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis
Since 1976, Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis have been helping girls and women who have experienced rape, sexual assault and/or sexual violence by providing free and confidential support to those who need it.
Alongside that, Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis have a wide range of services to support women who have experienced this terrible trauma. These services include a drop-in service, a free helpline which is open 7 days a week, one to one support and more
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How The Scottish Circle are supporting Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis
The Scottish Circle proud to be helping the Rape Crisis Centre with their funding in this challenging time. They have held multiple fundraisers including a benefit concert with Scottish band, Mogwai. This concert raised £9,000; with £9,000 Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis could cover the cost of running a drop-in service out of school hours for young women aged 13-18 who have been victims of violence for three years.
Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis is also one of the projects supported by The Circle’s fundraising initiative, Chai Day.
“With my counsellor I was able to tell my story; I had someone who listened to me, who was willing and able to help me sort through my problems, and who I trusted. We worked through my anger and trust issues and she helped me realise that it was OK to have those feelings but she taught me more effective and safer ways to deal with my feelings rather than taking tablets. If it wasn’t for her, I don’t believe I would be here today. Over the next 9 years until now I have struggled but I have been able to build a life I am proud of and now I am training to be a counsellor myself and am looking into being more active in bringing awareness to sexual assault, abuse and rape and helping fellow survivors.
I don’t believe that I’ll ever be ‘over’ the abuse I suffered and I have lost many family members over it but with the support of professionals, my family, and my friends, I have been able to heal from it and now most days I don’t even think about it. I will not give someone else that power to nearly destroy me again, I am a fighter and I will always fight.”
The Circle strives to support projects that are working towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Global Goal 5, Gender Equality.
Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis addresses Goal 5’s Target 5.2: To end all violence against and exploitation of women and girls. This target aims to eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.