We provide Self-Care items to victims of Sexual Violence when they attend a Sexual Assault Referral Centre
WHAT WE DO
Feeling clean in the wake of a sexual assault can bring a small level of peace and security in a very unsure and frightening time. Feeling as though you have an opportunity to practice self-love whilst recovering from the physical and emotional trauma that sexual violence brings can often feel even the smallest bit liberating.
Founded in 2020 by a survivor of Sexual Assault, The Self-Care Collective works with Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) and Sexual Violence Charities within Bristol. Our aim is to provide bags containing self-care items to individuals attending SARCs or receiving any other support related to sexual violence.
We aim to provide bags of items to be given out for free at point of service to people attending SARCs including bathing products, sanitary items, skin care, journals, stationary, books, recipe cards, snacks with a long shelf life, tea bags and hot chocolate, candles and other relaxation items.
Aside from the physical benefits of allowing yourself to indulge in self-care, we aim to let survivors of sexual violence know that they are not alone and that they deserve to love themselves wholeheartedly.
THE HARD TRUTH
20% of Women over the age of 16 have experienced some kind of sexual assault
1 in 25 Men over the age of 16 have experienced some kind of sexual assault
People who experienced sexual abuse as a child are twice as likely to be raped as an adult
WHAT IS A SARC?
SARCs (sexual assault referral centres) are specialist medical and forensic services for anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted.
They are designed to be comfortable and multi-functional, providing private space for interviews and forensic examinations, and some may also offer sexual health and counselling services. Their services are free of charge and provided to women, men, young people and children.
SARCs provide services to victims/survivors of rape or sexual assault regardless of whether the survivor/victim chooses to reports the offence to the police or not. They have specialist staff that are trained to help you make informed decisions about what you want to do next.(The Survivor's Trust, 2020)