Who we are
OSARCC was founded in 1979 as a collective of women, all volunteers, working to support women who had experienced rape and sexual abuse. Since 2009, OSARCC has been a charity with a board of trustees, paid employees and volunteers, all working together to support survivors across Oxfordshire.
OSARCC is an inclusive organisation which actively challenges discrimination in all its forms, including but not limited to discrimination based on race, religion, sexuality, disability, age, and class. We welcome contact from survivors from all walks of life, including women who sell sex and trans women.
At OSARCC, we know that all survivors are different and therefore aim to provide a range of support services to suit each individual, including telephone and email support, face-to-face counselling, support groups, and advocacy.
We also recognise that supporting a survivor can feel isolating, so our phone and email support services are also open to supporters of survivors of all genders – whether they are professionals, parents, partners, or friends.
We are members of Rape Crisis (England and Wales) and The Survivors Trust, and work in line with the Rape Crisis National Service Standards which ensure our work is of a high quality.
The OSARCC team celebrating our 40th anniversary
To support survivors of sexual violence, promote and advocate for their needs and work towards the elimination of sexual violence.
We aim to do this by:
- Providing a diverse range of effective services that meet the needs of survivors in Oxfordshire who are affected by sexual violence.
- Raising awareness of the prevalence and impact of sexual violence and the need for specialist services to support survivors.
- Challenging and changing public attitudes about sexual violence in Oxfordshire and beyond.
“OSARCC is truly a safe space. It’s been an important part of my journey on the road to recovery…I feel like a part of me has started to heal and I’m starting to feel like myself again. Thank you.”
We do not try to influence survivors to take any particular action, nor do we try to impose our views on their decisions. We help surviviors to explore their options, in a way that does not pressure them to choose any specific path.
We do not judge the survivors who use our service or other OSARCC members, but we do not permit abuse of others and will challenge discrimination.
We aim to empower survivors to make their own decisions and to support them in whatever way they need.
Whatever a survivor says is confidential to the organisation within the limits of our safeguarding policies.
We provide a service free of charge in order to be accessible to all survivors.
We are a non-directive and non-judgmental organisation, but we will challenge discrimination in any form.
Committed to good practice
We work hard to ensure our services are consistently offering high quality support. We welcome feedback from the survivors we support to ensure we are able to continue to develop our services. Please see the feedback page for more details.
Led by women
OSARCC believes that sexual violence is both a cause and consequence of women’s inequality and discrimination. We are therefore committed to challenging such discrimination in our work, to run our services for survivors by women, to delivering our services in a safe space and to working within an empowerment approach.
We believe what survivors tell us. Furthermore, we firmly believe that rape is never the fault of the survivor and we actively seek to challenge this myth.