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Like you – survivors are being hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.  Will you provide a lifeline and give online today?

Like you – survivors are being hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Will you provide a lifeline and give online today?


We need your support now more than ever.

Not one of us has been left unaffected by the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve all experienced huge changes to our lives.

It is clear that incidents of domestic and sexual abuse are on the rise during the current crisis and since lockdown we’ve already supported more than 150 individuals. Government statistics highlight that 20% of women and 4% of men have experienced sexual violence at some point in their adult lifetime, and 31% of young people aged 18-24 report having experienced abuse in childhood.

Over the next few months we anticipate that:

• More people will experience rape and sexual abuse either by a partner or family member
• Online abuse will rise (as we have already seen with things like ‘zoombombing’)
• Those who have previously experienced abuse may see a rise in PSTD related symptoms such as flashbacks, panic attacks, anxiety etc
• We also anticipate that when lockdown ends need will increase from those not able to access support currently.

Up and down the country charities are facing testing times – a need to respond to the coronavirus pandemic quickly and responsively, whilst the staff and volunteers who run these services find themselves having to negotiate working from home, family life, and the impacts of living through the biggest crisis a generation has known. Need is rising whilst team sizes are falling.

Beyond this, sector bodies estimate that charities will miss out on at least £4.3bn of income over the coming 12 weeks. We anticipate that the lost income from fundraising events we would have been delivering in 2020 could equate to 10% of our budget for the year (nearly £75,000).

But we are here and ready to support survivors. In just 2 weeks we transformed our service delivery, but now we need your support to ensure we can continue to do that over the longer term.

How can you help survivors of sexual violence and abuse now?
You can support us in the following ways:

• Set up a regular or one off donation via our website https://www.osarcc.org.uk/donate/
• Organise an event and fundraise for us via JustGiving https://justgiving.com/osarcc
• Buy one of our 40th Anniversary Tees or Totes on pre-order and we will post them to you when the lockdown is over and it is safe to do so https://www.osarcc.org.uk/shop/



You support will enable us to continue providing services which have been describe as a ‘lifeline’ by those who use them:

• A donation of £10 could cover the cost of 4 calls to our telephone helpline
• A donation of £50 could cover the cost of 4 selfcare packs for survivors
• A donation of £100 would cover the cost of two specialist counselling sessions

Links:
https://rapecrisis.org.uk/get-informed/about-sexual-violence/statistics-sexual-violence/
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/mar/28/lockdowns-world-rise-domestic-violence
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoombombing
https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/charities-face-closure-as-sector-set-to-lose-4bn-over-12-weeks.html

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