I have long supported the work of Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS), which provides confidential support and advice to victims of sexual violence – like those detailed in this video.
Tonight, to coincide with the first episode of Series 3 of Broadchurch, which focuses on a rape investigation, SARSAS is launching its biggest ever funding appeal. SARSAS make a massive difference to the lives of thousands of rape and sexual abuse survivors across Bath, Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset, and South Gloucestershire, and I would urge you all to donate to help them continue their invaluable services.
As part of RapeCrisis England & Wales, SARSAS worked with the production team to ensure that the right support is available for people who may be affected by the storyline. Broadchurch will be dealing with these issues sensitively but the story for real-life survivors doesn’t end with the finale of the series.
1 in 5 women experience sexual violence in their lifetime. You can help SARSAS help them by sharing details of their website with four other people.
SARSAS have seen a 284% increase in the number of people requesting our therapeutic support and information since January 2014 with only a 54% increase in funding – with your help, though, they can offer the right service, in the right place for more survivors at the right time.