Today sees the launch of Moray Rape Crisis, a service being set up by Rape Crisis Scotland to give survivors of sexual violence in Moray access to a local free and confidential service.
The launch of a base in Elgin supported by Scottish Government funding will ensure survivors living in the region have easier access to consistent, high quality face-to-face support and advocacy. To date current demand has been met by phone support from Grampian Rape Crisis or RASASH in Inverness. The service will be based in central Elgin.
Sandie Barton, Director of Operations at Rape Crisis Scotland said: “Significant progress has been made in addressing geographical gaps in rape crisis provision across Scotland, with Moray being the last area of the country which had no specialist sexual violence support provision. Starting today though, anyone aged 11 and over of any gender living in the Moray area who has experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives will have access to local face-to-face support.
“We believe that access to specialist services following a rape or experience of abuse is a right not a privilege. Seeking support following rape is not always an easy thing to do and we believe that the least we should be able to offer people in this position is access to support when they need it.”
“A Support & Development worker is now based in the Elgin area who will work to raise awareness of sexual violence and work collaboratively with local stakeholders and partners to develop the service in response to local needs. Funding has also been granted for a sexual violence prevention worker who will start in April 2019, working with young people in schools using the evidence based Rape Crisis Sscotland prevention pack.”