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Posted On: 10th Dec 2015

Support For Sex Attack Victims

Rae Richfield
Rae talking to her friend in the documentary
Fabia Bates, Director of Survivors' Network

Rae Richfield from Haywards Heath in Sussex shows what others can do to help victims of sexual assault move on with their lives after her friend was attacked.

  

The 22-year-old wants people to understand how providing a shoulder to lean on can help those who’ve been through similar ordeals to feel safe.

  

‘My friend was sexually assaulted after a night out,’ explains Rae.

 

‘When she told me about it I didn’t really know how best to help her.

  

‘You don’t know if you are going to do something that will cause upset and just feel a little bit lost about how to behave.

 

'My Fixer’s project is to help assault victims get the best possible advice and support.’

 

Rae has helped to produce a short documentary with Fixers featuring an interview with her friend, whose identity has been kept anonymous.

 

Watch the documentary 'Sex Attack Support' at the top of this page.

 

‘At first I was in shock and then felt disgusting and dirty and wanted to get home for a shower,’ Rae’s friend says.

 

‘I feel my friends could have listened to me and tried to understand a bit more. It would have been better for me if they were as normal as possible and didn’t treat me like I was a different person.’

  

 

Fabia Bates, Director of Survivors' Network, also features in the documentary.

 

She says: ‘If someone has just been assaulted they will be in a state of shock so you need to make sure that they stay warm and they feel safe. 

 

'There a number of things they can do at that stage such as report to the police or seek medical help. But make sure that the choice is theirs.’

 

Rae adds: ‘If a person is able to say “right I am here, I can help, you can talk to me” and it helps others to take a step forward in going to the police, then that would be a good outcome.’

 

To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.

 

Author: N. Farooq

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