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Join our survivor reference group!

We're looking for victims and survivors of sexual violence and abuse to help us improve our 24/7 Support Line.

ℹ️ Interested in joining the group or want to find out more? Please request a call from Anna, our Outreach and Survivor Engagement Officer.

Looking for support? Go to the homepage to find out more about the 24/7 Support Line.

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About the survivor reference group

The group will be made up of victims and survivors of sexual violence and abuse who come from a wide range of backgrounds and communities.

Its members will meet once a month (usually online), and use their experience and knowledge to share thoughts and ideas about how to make our 24/7 Support Line better for victims and survivors.

Who can join the group?

We're looking for people of any gender who have experienced sexual violence or abuse at any point in their lives – and who feel ready to take part.

To join the group, you must also:

  • Live in England and Wales.
  • Be aged 18 or above.
  • Be able to work in a group with other people who may have had very different life experiences to you.
  • Be willing to listen to other people with kindness and without judgment.

❗ Please note: Members of the group will never be asked to share any personal details that they don't want to share. However, it is likely that the group will have to discuss difficult topics related to sexual violence and abuse in order to carry out its work.

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How much time will you have to commit?

Around 5 hours or less a month. This will likely include:

  • A monthly group meeting (usually online).
  • A one-to-one debriefing call with a staff member from Rape Crisis England & Wales following the group meeting.
  • A monthly reflective space for members of the group.
  • Preparing in between group meetings (this might involve reading or thinking).

What are the benefits of joining the group?

You will:

  • Be given training on ways of working well as a group and on sharing your experiences with each other safely. You will also be given ongoing support with using these skills.
  • Have expenses covered and be rewarded for your time. This will be in line with government benefits and tax and asylum-seeking guidelines.
  • Have the chance to meet new people.
  • Be helping to make the 24/7 Support Line a better service for other victims and survivors.

How do you join the group?

As a first step, please request a phone call from Anna, our Outreach and Survivor Engagement Officer.

This will just be an informal chat where you'll have the chance to ask questions and find out more about the role. It doesn't mean you have to commit to anything.

During the call, you and Anna will agree any next steps.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Request a call from Anna