Aylesbury Vale Rape Crisis

Call us on 01296 392 468

New Name

We have changed our name. We are now the Sexual Assault and Abuse Support Service – Aylesbury Vale and Milton Keynes. Still providing the high quality 1:2:1 and Group Counselling we are working hard to develop new services our Drop in in Aylesbury is going strong and a new drop-in in Milton Keynes starts next week. For more information please call 01296 392468

Christmas and New year Break.

Team AVRC would like to wish everyone Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We will be closed from 22.12.2017 for Christmas and New Year break and we will reopen on 02.01.2018.

If you need urgent medical care or attention, call 999 (or 112 from a mobile) and ask for an ambulance, or go straight to your nearest Accident & Emergency department.

 

Helpline volunteers

Are you able to spare a few hours per month to help us run our new telephone Help Line Service?

Our new service will offer support and information to women and girls who have experienced rape, sexual or domestic violence. The new service is due to go live in February.

All our volunteers receive full training and support.

Please Contact Bev for further details at support@avrc.org.uk

 

 

 

G.E.M s – support for mothers of abused children

Helen came to us as a mother of an abused child thinking that she was alone, that she was the only one, realizing that she is not alone, she is not the only one. Helen has started a group on Facebook to support other’s who have shared her experience. You can join the group or send Helen a private message.

“I believed I was the only one.
I believed I was the only Mum.
If you have ever walked in my shoes, join me, so we can walk together.
Having company is always better.

My name is Helen.
I decided to create this group for all MUM’s and GRANDMUM’s of children who have suffered sexual abuse.
I have been there, I have walked this walk.

WE ARE THE G.E.M s.”

 

Welcome!

We are delighted to welcome Carol and Bev to AVRC. Carol will be our strategic manager focusing on income generation and business administration. Bev will be the service manager and her focus will be on operational delivery, training and quality assurance.

 

Statement in Regards to Sexual Abuse within the Football Industry

In view of recent revelations regarding historical accusations of abuse in the football industry, we at Aylesbury Vale Rape Crisis would like to add our voice. Abuse and the detrimental, damaging effects remain with those who have suffered, lifelong. Males, non-binary and transgender are victims of abuse too, yet there appears little emotional support available to what is a large part of our society.

Our ethos has always been to work with female victims. However, we recognise that excludes many. Society is changing, and with it, is our need to change also. We now feel it would be appropriate to be more inclusive. In January, we are launching a helpline and will be offering support to all, no matter what creed or gender.

Our service is in the process of growth. Going forward we are hoping to extend our counselling service, which is already available to transgender and non-binary, to include males. In the New Year we are also offering group support.

Aylesbury Vale Rape Crisis is looking for trustees

We are currently recruiting trustees to shape the future of Aylesbury Vale Rape Crisis. Are you passionate about fighting gender inequality, fight violence again women and girls and to stop sexual violence? Become a part of our team of dedicated women! We are looking for women from all backgrounds with all kinds of experiences, however, at the moment we are particularly looking for trustees with knowledge and experience in counselling. Please, see the advert for further information.

For more information about the charity, the role as a trustee or to receive an application pack please contact Sofie on 07484 505791 or via email on mail@avrc.org.uk.

Congratulations!

We would like to congratulate Miss Richards who won 3 tickets in the Vale Lottery whilst supporting and raising funds for Aylesbury Vale Rape Crisis! If you would like to sign up for the Vale Lottery and have a chance of winning up to £25,000 whilst raising funds for us please follow this link!

Statement in the Sanford Rape Case

We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation and support for the survivor in the Stanford Rape Case. At the end of the trial resulting in a derisory 6-month sentence for the convicted Brock Allen Turner she read out a lengthy statement, most of it addressed directly to the rapist, describing her ordeal and the lasting impact it has had and continues to have on her and her family.

Sadly, her story is not an unusual one. It is also a very clear example of the appalling double standards that continue to colour perceptions of women who experience sexual violence and the way they are treated within the criminal justice system and, in society as a whole. The fact that both parties had used alcohol on the evening of the attack was used to discredit her and simultaneously to attempt to excuse him. Whilst her ordeal was talked about as something she could get past, his defence attorney and the media talked at length about the disproportionate damage to him and his glittering college career from his ’20 minutes of action’. These arguments appear to have been influential in leading the judge to impose 6-month sentence – something that shows an appalling lack of judgement for which he deserves to be recalled.

It could not have been an easy account to write and even less to stand up in court and deliver but in doing so she has taken a stand against sexual violence and shown solidarity with women all over the world who have experienced any form of sexual violence, recently or in the past. Every woman’s experience and emotions are different but by joining our forces, raising our voices and fight we can change the perceptions in society.

We have a long way to go but we thank this resilient woman for having the courage to speak her truth and not go quietly.

Please find the full statement from the survivor here.

How to contact us

If possible, it is better if the woman contacts us directly but we acknowledge that survivors sometimes prefer that someone makes a referral on their behalf.

Referrals

To make a referral, please complete the form which is available in two formats, click on the following links (download referral form (PDF) or download referral form (MS Word) ) and return it to Aylesbury Vale Rape Crisis, or use the online form. If you have any questions please contact us by email or by telephone.

By phone

Our telephone number is 01296 392468 If you leave a message on our voice mail we will return your call as soon as possible and discretion is assured. Our phone number cannot be obtained by dialling 1471. Other organisations can signpost women to contact us.

By post

Write to the following address; PO Box 1058 Aylesbury Bucks HP20 9JZ

By email contact us form

If you contact us by email using our online form this is entered directly on the web. It does not leave a copy on the computer you are using. Please click here to use our contact form.

Using your email application

Please send an email to this address:support@avrc.org.uk

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