Having counselling since September 2017 has changed me. I have also been shown that I am worthy as a person, which has been life changing for me. Some sessions were tougher than others, and I've done things that I thought I would never do. Because of these huge changes in my life I am now ready to move forward into my future. I about to start my Level 3 training in Mental Health and have the prospect of a placement, I also know that I can come back in the future if I need more counselling, so I still have that security blanket. So thank you to all of you for being there for me. Life is now about my future and not what my past has taken from me.
Sexual violence can happen to anyone. There's no discrimination against gender, race, wealth or ability. The affects are devastating and far reaching. And when someone finally feels that they can reach out to get support and to tell their story, sometimes they find that the services aren't there to help.
Like most charities, our funding is cut time and time again but the need for the support we offer increases. We won't turn anyone away that needs us and we're willing to go the extra mile to make sure that we're here when people turn round and ask for our help.
We support men, women and children in Lincolnshire who have been affected by rape or sexual abuse at any point in their lives. We don't put a time limit on the number of counselling sessions our clients are able to have and we don't charge for our counselling either.
We know that so many people need us but can't afford to pay for private counselling. They can't afford to wait months for counselling through the NHS. And they can't afford to try and get "fixed" in 6 sessions.
So Neil, our CEO, is running for hope. The hope that the people who need us can reach out and find us waiting there. The hope our clients feel when they finally walk through the front door of our building and find the help and support they need to work through their experiences and find the path towards the future.
And the hope that one day no one will need our help.
We're here to support, empower and educate around sexual violence. As well as supporting men, women and children who have been affected by rape and sexual abuse, we exist to educate and to keep having an open conversation. So no one feels the need to hide, or to feel ashamed, to break down the myths and stereotypes and to keep showing people what's not ok.
Neil is running the Oxford Half Marathon on 7th October 2018. Will you join us and support his run for hope?