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Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services presents a free public event: Jen Smith poses the question A CRISIS WITH CONSENT?
Thursday 4th May, 6.30pm-8.30pm 2017
Exeter Community Centre, 17 St David’s Hill, Exeter
The event will consist of a short presentation followed by questions and discussion. We welcome everyone who is interested in safe and adult engagement.
Jen Smith is an MA student at the University of Exeter focusing on the social and structural foundations of sexual violence.
Alongside her studies she has also been working closely with Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services, Devon and Cornwall Police Communications unit and the University Guild.
In doing so, she has strived to connect the theoretical issues raised in her research to the practical issues.
Whilst the event is free, we do suggest a donation of £5 on the door.
Left-wing, highbrow, feminist, atheist, comedian Kate Smurthwaite finally takes on the issue right at the heart of women's rights: men. And she's taken "getting inside the subject" to a new level - performing the whole show in drag as her male alter-ego Milo Standards!
The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter
Sunday 14th May
Show starts at 7.30pm
Followed by Q&A
Tickets cost £12 / £10
It is truly amazing to consider, but DRCSAS celebrated its 5th birthday as a specialist agency last week.
Volunteers, staff, trustees and patrons came together to celebrate the achievements of our first five years together.
There was an incredible atmosphere, as you’d expect from an organisation full of committed women; a real pride in the organisation we have built together and the quality and effectiveness of the service we provide.
Music was provided by Emily Jukes-Roblyn, cookery by the Exeter cookery school and the auctioneer for the evening, presiding over some very generous donations, was our patron Anna Walker MBE.
Special thanks to Stephens Scown LLP whose donation paid for the buffet.
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Thursday 1st December 6.30pm – 9pm at Exeter Community Centre, 17 St Davids Hill, Exeter, EX4 3RG. All welcome.
This is a Free event however you will need to book your ticket through Eventbrite: https://lets-talk-about-sexual-abuse.eventbrite.com
Come along and meet Dr Nina Burrowes a psychologist who helps people understand the psychology of sexual abuse - why it happens, what the impact is, and how we can reduce the prevalence. Nina is the author of 'The courage to be me' an illustrated book about life after abuse. On the evening there will be opportunity to ask your questions directly or submit them anonymously in a relaxed atmosphere.
We have 3 events within the 16 days please see below:
Sex and Intimacy after Sexual Abuse – a training day for Counsellors, Therapists & Practitioners
A training day with Dr Nina Burrowes for counsellors, psychotherapists, practitioners, workers and volunteers from statutory and third sector organisations who support people who have experienced sexual violence.
Creativity Day – part of Exeter Reclaim the Night – Saturday 3rd December 10am – 2pm Exeter Phoenix.
Join us for this FREE drop in event and help prepare for Reclaim the Night – we will be making placards, decorating T-shirts, lanterns and creating a large community banner.
Also there will be a story teller and the opportunity to volunteer as a marshal for the evening event and help raise awareness of violence towards women and girls. All welcome and family friendly.
Exeter Reclaim the Night – Thursday 8th December 6pm at St Sidwell Community Centre Exeter
For a 6.30pm march through the streets and returning to St Sidwells for refreshments, speakers and entertainment. Bring your voices, banners, family and friends – All Welcome. FREE event.
Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services, Stop Abuse for Everyone (SAFE) and Local Feminist groups have joined forces again to make this year another large, visible protest about sexual violence.
Thanks to Julien Parrott and Sue Powell for their generous donation of £500 to support one of our volunteers in their work for a year.
Julien is a Torbay councillor holding the portfolio for Adult and Children’s Safeguarding and has a keen interest in the gendered nature of sexual violence and the work of our organisation.
We are moved, once again by the thoughtfulness and commitment of individuals in Devon.
We were delighted to receive a call out of the blue from the Whistlestop Cafe in August. The cafe at Teignmouth Railway Station hosts a weekly night for local bikers and holds a collection each week. We'd never had any contact with the Whistlestop or bikers before so it really was a surprise to be told they'd raised £120 for us.
We're not an obvious charity to most people because rape and childhood sexual abuse are difficult topics to talk about and it's often easier to focus on "fluffier" issues like animals!
It's remarkable to us when a group of people step up and deal with the issues face-on; it is certainly what survivors of sexual violence tell us they want.
We were presented with a cheque for £120 by Gus who works at the cafe and the owner was keen to talk about why Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services was chosen as a charity to support.
Melissa Middleton, who has run the Whistlestop for 15 years says that the charity recently helped a friend of her hers. She added "I was also helped by the original rape crisis service in Exeter, over 17 years ago. It's a life saving service and a life-changing service and it really helped me to stop pretending to cope and to move back on with my life. The help I received back then helped turn me from a victim into a survivor and I'd really encourage anyone to come forward and ask for support".
International Dance Supplies held an event in July and raised £612 for Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services.
The company is owned by Anne Walker MBE, one of our delightful patrons who is an amazing ambassador for our service.
Asked how the money had been raised on the night she said "We raised the money through raffle tickets and a couple of (very) persuasive helpers!"
Thank you to Anne and everyone who supported the event and generously donated.
"I feel like I have a much calmer outlook in how I deal with difficult emotions. It has given me space to process my experiences safely."
"It helped me move forward. I have been able to leave my house and go out. I can now do things I never thought I would be able to do again."
"Helped to make sense of things and re-assurance that just because he was found not guilty doesn't mean it didn't happen."