Rise Up: Sexual Abuse and Trauma Service for Young People in Moray
No matter when it happened, or who it was, if someone has harmed you or made you feel uncomfortable in a sexual way, even if you are not sure, you can contact Rise Up to speak with someone.
The ‘Rise Up’ project at Moray Rape Crisis is for any young person aged 11-18 in Moray who has experienced any form of sexual violence or abuse.
We support young people of any gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, and religious and cultural background.
How Rise Up can help
It doesn’t matter how long ago it was or who hurt you, if you think someone has harmed you in a sexual way, even if you are not sure, you can speak with someone at Rise Up.
Our support sessions are designed to work best for you and are:
- A safe space to talk and be heard, with the same person each session
- Face to face or phone/video calls
- In our office or at your school
- At your pace
- To help you understand or make sense of what happened
- To give you information and resources
Support during a police investigation and going to court
We have an advocacy worker who can support you through any police and/or court process.
The advocacy worker can help you by:
- Explaining what the criminal justice process is
- Going with you to police interviews and/or court
- Explain things you don’t understand
- Find out what’s happening with your case
- Help to say what you feel is best for you
Support for family members, carers, and friends
You might be feeling quite overwhelmed and wondering what to do if someone close to you has told you that they have experienced sexual abuse. It is really important that you believe them. This may be really hard for you, especially if you also know who hurt them.
You are not to blame for what happened to them. The only person to blame is the person who has hurt them.
You also have the right to support to help you understand your feelings after hearing their story. You can get support from us too.
How to refer to us
You can contact us yourself or ask a parent, friend, agency, GP or school/college to refer you. Our normal office hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Call: 01343 550 407
If you have been affected by any form of sexual violence, no matter when it happened, you do not have to cope with this on your own. Moray Rape Crisis provides non-judgemental, confidential and free support, advocacy and information to children, young people and adults aged 11 and over. We will listen to what you say, believe you and treat you with respect.
You can contact us for support at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01343 550 407.
If something has happened recently, you can contact the Sexual Assault Response Coordination Service (SARCS). This is an NHS service for anyone aged 16 and over which can offer healthcare and support after an assault. If you are unsure whether you want to report to the police, the SARCS service may be able to arrange for you to have a forensic medical examination without reporting to the police. You can self-refer by phoning 0800 148 88 88 (open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). You can find out more information at www.nhsinform.scot/sarcs If you are under 16, you find information about where you can for help at https://www.nhsinform.scot/turn-to-sarcs/if-youre-under-16
For more information about Moray Rape Crisis, please visit www.morayrapecrisis.scot