Who we are & What we do
Basingstoke Rape and Sexual Abuse Crisis Centre (BRASACC) exists to provide telephone support and counselling for anyone who has been raped, sexually abused or sexually assaulted at any time in their lives, regardless of how long ago it may have taken place. We also support other people whom the assault has affected, e.g. parents, partners, families, friends, and workers from other agencies.
When someone is raped or sexually abused there is often very little help around. Some find it difficult to tell anyone what has happened, and those who do may face a wide range of reactions from those closest to them. Rape can completely change a person’s life, and many will suffer in silence. Those who have suffered or are suffering child sexual abuse find it even more difficult to tell someone.
What raped or abused adults or children may need is to be able to talk to someone outside their family group, if they want to – someone who understands what rape and sexual abuse is all about, is empathic and especially who listens and is not judgmental.
We are not part of the Police force, a political organisation or part of local government. We are a registered Charity. The organisation has no regular income. Our funds are obtained through grant applications, donations, training/lecture fees and of course fund-raising. Our service is free and confidential.
BRASACC is run by volunteers of different ages and backgrounds, whose one concern is to support all those who contact us.
Basingstoke Rape Crisis was set up in 1986 to provide a support service for women who had experienced sexual assault, and initially operated from a small hut in the grounds of Basingstoke hospital.
The telephone crisis line has been operational since February 1987.
In 1990 Basingstoke Rape Crisis achieved Charity status and then became independent of Basingstoke Council of Community Service on the 1st April 1992.
In the 90’s we opened our service up to men as well as women, which meant withdrawing from the Rape Crisis Federation. We are a member of the Survivors’ Trust, a nationwide supporting services group similar to ourselves, who wish to help survivors of sexual violence. We are also a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, adhering to its ethical framework
1992 - 2002
From 1992 to 2002 we were based at Chute House, and then moved to the Orchard, along with several other voluntary organisations. We now have accessible premises, enabling more clients to make use of our services, as well as a greater contact with other charities and voluntary groups.
New website and branding
Due to our growing demand and further support from our funders. BRASACC undertook a re-brand and produced a new website to showcase our work across North Hampshire.