Rape Crisis England & Wales statement on harassment of one of its member Centres
Rape Crisis (Wycombe, Chiltern and South Bucks) is a registered charity and professionally approved
member Rape Crisis Centre of Rape Crisis England & Wales, serving the areas of Wycombe, Chiltern and
It is a specialist organisation offering free and confidential support services to all women survivors of sexual violence and abuse in all its forms, whether it happened recently or in the past. The charity provides an equal opportunities service to all women, regardless of race, cultural background, sexual orientation, and disability. Women from all walks of life are welcomed and supported by Rape Crisis (Wycombe, Chiltern and South Bucks), and experience the Centre as a safe and appropriate environment in which to heal.
Rape Crisis (Wycombe, Chiltern and South Bucks) recognises that some groups of women who have
survived sexual violence and abuse can face additional barriers to accessing services, including related to
language and to the fear and/or past or current experience of racism and racial discrimination. As part of
its commitment to accessibility and inclusion, it therefore offers a specialist service for Black, Asian and
Minority Ethnic women aimed at overcoming some of these barriers.
An image of a leaflet advertising this specialist BAME service was recently posted on social media with a
misleading caption. Since then, Rape Crisis (Wycombe, Chiltern and South Bucks) has received a
significant volume of abusive phone calls, messages and emails, many of which are of an overtly racist
nature, and the police have been informed. These activities have disrupted much-needed service
provision for victims and survivors of sexual violence and abuse of all ethnicities and backgrounds.
Rape Crisis England & Wales supports Rape Crisis (Wycombe, Chiltern and South Bucks) and all its
member Rape Crisis Centres in the provision of fully inclusive, accessible services, including specialist
work with specific groups of under-served, minoritised or marginalised victims and survivors.
Women Survivors of Rape,
Sexual Assault and
Childhood Sexual Abuse in
We offer free and confidential support for female survivors of rape, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse.
Our services include:
- Counselling (face-to-face).
- Telephone support and Telephone Counselling.
- ISVA Support (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor) - from reporting to the police to going to court!
- Asian and Youth Outreach work.
- One-off support with medical appointments and form filling.
- Information about pregnancy testing and Sexually Transmitted Infections, including HIV.
- Phoenix - self help group for survivors meeting regularly.
- Support to non-abusing friends and families.
- Provide details of local groups and agencies who can offer additional information and support.
- Talks and training support to other organisations.
Who can contact us?
If you are a woman or girl aged 16 years and over, and feel or know that you have been sexually assaulted, sexually abused or raped, we are here for you. We can help whether it happened recently or at any time in the past. It may have been by a stranger or someone known to you, including people in your family.
Apart from initial support over the phone, we do not offer services to men and people under 16. However, we can direct you to an appropriate service.
We LISTEN and we BELIEVE.