About

sarac (Sexual Abuse Rape Advice Centre) is a charity based in Burton upon Trent offering free, independent and one-to-one emotional support, information and advice.

Our specialist support is for males and females who are 11 years of age or older, and who have been affected at any time in their lives.

We work in partnership with our clients to expand their choices, facilitate recovery and encourage personal growth.

The fundamental principles on which the service operates are as follows:

  • The responsibility for the offence always lies with the perpetrator.
  • The psychological injury resulting from sexual assault and/or rape is based in trauma.
  • Client self-determination and empowerment is critical to trauma recovery.

sarac believes that it is every person’s human right to live their life free of violence, and if violence occurs, it is their right to receive compassionate, professional assistance in their recovery.


Introduction to the Organisation

sarac (sexual abuse rape advice centre) was formed in 1994 by a group of local women who were appalled at the lack of support for people dealing with the aftermath of childhood/adulthood sexual abuse and/or rape. It is a developing charity, although its aims remain the same – offering bespoke services for males and females over the age of 11, leading to a reduction in the suffering caused by the effects of sexual abuse and/or rape, and thereby leading to the prevention of secondary victimisation. sarac’s objectives include the delivery of specialist, face-to-face emotional support, ensuring all supporters are trained to a high standard, and are managed and supported to a high standard.

sarac’s service users present with a range of issues that stem from sexual abuse; many are self-referrals.

sarac has secured strong support from local organisations and authorities, all of whom recognise the value of its work. The staff team has grown and, in turn, so has the volunteer programme, which offers accredited training and ensures that high-quality emotional support is available to those suffering from the effects of sexual abuse.


Vision

A community committed to ensuring all those suffering from the effects of sexual abuse have access to bespoke, specialist, one-to-one services enabling children, adults and their families to become free from the negative effects of sexual abuse, and rebuild their lives via effective, caring support.


Mission Statement

sarac’s mission is to sustain and enhance bespoke, specialist, emotional-support services for all people aged 11 and over who are, or have been, victims of rape and/or sexual abuse. It will do this by uniting, leading, educating and training local people who are passionate about protecting and inspiring this positive change in the local community to embed approaches that protect themselves and others.


Interview with Valerie Burton (One of the Charity’s Founders)

Click here to read an Interview with Valerie Burton (One of the Charity’s Founders)

Call our confidential helpline on 01283 517185