We've put on comedy events in the past as fundraisers for our service and this time we have decided to combine fundraising with awareness raising.
A comedy show about rape is not something the organisation entered into lightly. We weighed up the costs and benefits of promoting this and the greatest discussions we had were about what kind of message this might send to those using our services or thinking about doing so.
We're a professional and sensitive organisation and it matters to us how women feel. So, we know that women feel tied up in knots with the rape myths that abound in our society, we know that women feel sickened to hear "rape jokes" in their social circles, we know that women feel silenced by the cultural "normalising" of sexual assault and rape and we know that women do not come forward for support or report to the police because of the prevailing social norms.
This show takes all the rape myths, chews them up and spits them back out again. It challenges the ways in which rape is discussed, laughed about and accepted. As a feminist organisation, committed to the support of women and to cultural change, this is a show that we are proud to present.
Obviously, this is a challenging show and could well be triggering to some so please look after yourselves in making a decision about whether to book or not.
Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services
Is recruiting for an Administration and Finance Worker
18.5 hours Mon/Tue/Wed
£19,570 pro rata
Experience of using financial software, reconciliation, preparation of monthly income and expenditure reports.
Closing date 4th March, interview 14th March
For an application pack click on our Vacancies page.
Much of 2015 was taken up with discussion and consultation about the name of our organisation and in December we formally changed our name to Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services.
The change came about because of ongoing confusion from both prospective service users and referrers. People were often confused whether they could access our services if they had experienced childhood sexual abuse and we know of occasions when women went without a service because of this confusion.
We are passionate about making sure that everyone who needs specialist support receives it, so changing our name became really important to us. It was quite a challenge to make a change that was going to meet the needs of everyone inside and outside of the organisation. In the end, we decided to hang on to 'Devon Rape Crisis' as part of the name because it is a nationally known, historic brand and a name that we have built locally with an excellent reputation over the last 5 years. Adding 'Sexual Abuse Services' allowed us to reach out to thousands who have been affected by childhood sexual abuse and let them know that we can and will help. It was quite a pragmatic choice and doesn't scan as well as our old name but crucially it makes who we are and what we do much clearer - and that was always the most important reason for a change.
The good news is that our website and email addresses will not be changing! So please continue to contact us in all the usual ways.
Please see listed below our helpline hours over the Christmas period:
Wednesday 23rd December - 10am - 1pm
Friday 25th December - Closed
Monday 28th December - Closed
Wednesday 30th December - Closed
Friday 1st January - Closed
Monday 4th January - 3pm - 6pm
If you require support during the times we are closed, please contact Rape Crisis England and Wales on 0808 802 9999.
It was a pleasure for trustees, patrons, volunteers and staff to go down to Kingskerswell to be presented with the cheque and to meet many of the people involved in the fundraising. We want to thank her so much for all of her hard work over the past year and to wish her well in having a well-earned break from fundraising!
Please come along and get creative ahead of our Reclaim The Night event and march.
On Saturday 3rd October, Patrons, Trustees, Volunteers and Staff members gathered together at the City Gate Hotel to bring together ideas about the organisation. The awayday included time to meet the expanded staff team and to acknowledge the successes of the past four years as well as looking to the future. Activities took place to start the process of strategic planning for the next three years and to develop a vision for the organisation. Most excitingly, the group agreed a new name for Devon Rape Crisis Service - to be unveiled in the next few months. Watch this space.....
Women volunteers in Torbay are needed to represent our diverse community, including women who are disabled, from all ethnic backgrounds, lesbians and bisexuals and of all ages. Devon RCS offers free and confidential support to women in Devon who have experienced rape or sexual violence, now or in the past.
All volunteers will provide support on the telephone helpline and for the Email Support Service in Torquay and there is also the possibility of carrying out face to face support in the area where they live. They will also need to attend the volunteer meetings which take place once a month in Exeter. The training is accredited by AptEd Awards and will take place in September and October, including a residential weekend.
"I think EMDR has allowed me to process things far more than I was expecting, it was more effective than I was anticipating and I was surprised at how much different I felt after having it."
"DRCSAS has made a massive difference, I feel I have found myself – no longer just focused on what happened to me. I deal with things so much better and have a positive outlook on life that wouldn't have happened without DRCSAS."
"I feel positive about the future, being able to control my thoughts and emotions rather than them controlling me. I was sceptical at first wondering if it would work but I am amazed at the results. Would definitely recommend to anyone"