SEE Project

SEE (Support, Empower, Educate)


We’ll support you, we’ll always believe you, we won’t judge you, we’ll help you to make your own decisions.

The SEE Project is for young women and girls aged 14 to 18 who have experienced sexual violence.
 

What is sexual violence?

Sexual violence is when someone is made to do something sexual with another person when they don’t want to. Sexual violence can happen to someone of any age. It’s often done by someone the person trusts, like a friend or family member.
People who have experience sexual violence may call themselves different things, at OSARCC we generally use the term survivor, whereas the police may use the term victim. We believe it is your choice to use the word which feels right for you.


How can the SEE Project help you?

The SEE Project offers face-to-face support -Our Empowerment Worker and Counsellors support young women and girls aged 14-18 who have experienced sexual violence.

• They can help you to come to terms with what’s happened.
• Support you to make informed decisions and have control over your life.
• You can talk about how you’re feeling and know you’ll be believed.


You can email at see@osarcc.org.uk if you want to find out more.

 
No two survivors will feel exactly the same about what happened to them, and there’s no right or wrong way to respond. Some people might feel…  

Sad
Tearful
Guilty
Hopeless
Anxious
Panicky
Angry
Powerless
Shocked
Alone
Exhausted
Confused
Unloved
Self-hating
Ashamed
Depressed
Afraid
Dirty
Numb
Frustrated
Withdrawn
 
 

It’s not okay for someone to:

• Pressure you into any kind of sexual act you don’t feel comfortable with
• Say that you deserve it when they hurt you or make you feel bad about yourself  
• Make you feel worthless
• Make you perform sexual acts with other people
• Give you gifts or money in return for sexual acts
• Expect sexual acts in return for food or a place to stay
• Share drugs or alcohol with you in return for sexual acts
• Make you look at porn if you don’t want to  
• Tell you something bad will happen to you if you tell anyone about what they’ve done
• Threaten to end your relationship if you don’t perform sexual acts
• Say they’ll stop being friends with you if you don’t do sexual things
• Threaten to share sexual images of you
 


“I’m not sure if what happened to me was sexual violence or not”

It’s okay to feel confused.  If someone did something that made you uncomfortable or upset, we can help you to talk through your feelings.  
 


“I was drunk or high, does that mean it was my fault?”

You are never to blame, no matter what you said or did. The only person in the wrong is the person who abused you.


 
“It happened a long time ago, can I still get support?”

We’ll support you no matter when it happened. Sometimes it can take a long time to come to terms with things and that’s okay.


 
“I’m too scared to tell anyone”

We know how scary it can be to talk about sexual violence. We’ll never ask you to describe what happened to you or make you talk about things you don’t want to. We’ll never judge you, and what you say will not shock or upset us.
 

 

 

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