After years of heroic campaigning, Devon finally has its first rape crisis centre. Up until now, the nearest rape crisis centre was in Cornwall – a whole other county! Thanks to a committed group of hard-working women, the Ministry of Justice agreed to fund the opening of a rape crisis centre in Devon and within just 8 months, the Devon RCS was created. On Tuesday 28th November, the official launch took place at Devon County Hall. We heard of some horrifying statistics concerning rape and sexual assault in the UK, we heard some incredible stories from some very brave women, and we heard as well of the hope that now exists for women and children who have experienced sexual assault in Devon. Trustees, patrons, volunteers, councillors and one MP came to the launch to talk to people about rape crisis services in Devon. Everyone in the room made a pledge to the Devon RCS. As the Gender Equality Representative at Exeter University I pledged to make the services known to students on campus and to help get them involved in supporting the centre through fundraising and volunteering.
- If you are interested in volunteering at the Devon RCS then start by asking for an information pack and application form. Please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator, Anna Janota, tel: 01392 208756 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For more information about the services available which include a helpline, face-to-face support and group work, or for any other queries, please look at the Devon RCS website: http://www.devonrapecrisis.org.uk/