Who we are
Basingstoke Rape and Sexual Abuse Crisis Centre [BRASACC] is a single standalone registered charity. Independent from any other similar organisation, we are not part of the police force or local government. We rely on grants, donations from the public and income from our training course and presentations to keep running.
Rape, sexual assault or sexual abuse can happen to anyone regardless of their age, gender, race, religion, culture or social status or sexuality. Living with the consequences of rape and sexual abuse can be devastating. We believe that all survivors are entitled to receive the best possible response to their needs whether or not they choose to report to the police.
What we provide
We can offer you:
Crisis Line Support 01256 423890Open Monday-Thursday 7pm to 9pm
An answer phone is available when the line is closed or engaged
BRASACC is a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy [BACP], and we adhere to its ethical framework.
Everyone within BRASACC is fully trained to deal with your calls. The decision on whether you report an attack to the police is yours alone. We will support you whatever you decide.
Our Office Administrator, Crisis Line Volunteers and Volunteer Counsellors understand what rape and sexual abuse is all about. They are not shockable, they do not judge feelings or actions and they encourage you to express your thoughts and feelings whatever they might be. Our Crisis Line Volunteers and Volunteer Counsellors can:
- Provide practical and emotional support for anyone across the world male or female from the age of sixteen years who has been raped, sexually assaulted or sexually abused, whether recently or years ago
- Provide practical and emotional support for anyone across the world male or female from the age of sixteen years who is the partner of, family member of, or supporter of a Victim/Survivor of recent or historic rape, sexual assault or sexual abuse
- Provide information about what happens at a medical examination, a police station or in court within the UK
- Signpost to other relevant UK local and national organisations who may be able to help
- Provide information about testing for STIs [Sexually Transmitted Infections], HIV or pregnancy following a rape.
For those who live in the North Hampshire area of England including Basingstoke, Silchester, Bramley, Sherbourne St. John, Oakley, Tadley, Alton, Hook, Fleet and Farnborough, and those who live in the West Berkshire area including Beech Hill, Calcot, Theale, Compton, Upper Lambourn, Hungerford, Kintbury, Combe, Aldermaston, Mortimer, Newbury and Thatcham, BRASACC can offer free and confidential Individual Counselling with our fully qualified Volunteer Counsellors, if appropriate.
The Support Group is available to you when are on our waiting list for Individual Counselling. A short interview and discussion with one of our supervisors will help to determine whether this is the best option for you. Please speak to our Office Administrator or a Crisis Line Volunteer if you are interested.
We may be able to offer you the following:
- A free and confidential rapid response one-off Trauma Appointment, if appropriate
- A series of free and confidential Trauma Appointments, if appropriate.
We are always discreet and will not contact you if you ask us not to. Our telephone system is not engineered for the 1471 service for confidentiality reasons. If we do call you then caller ID will show "Unknown Number" or "Number Withheld". We can contact you by telephone, text message, letter or email, whichever you prefer.