The Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan is delighted to announce that they are now providing a Face to Face Outreach Counselling Service in Carrick- on -Shannon, Co. Leitrim. This free service is not only available to survivors of sexual violence but also to their supporters such as family and friends. The term Sexual Violence includes rape, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, sexual harassment, exposure to pornography, prostitution and trafficking. This new service is provided by a fully trained Rape Crisis Counsellor who has been counselling in the rape crisis centre in Sligo since 2004.
The Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan was first established in 1996 to provide a local support response to survivors of sexual violence, the services provided include long term counselling, free phone help line, a survivors support group, advocacy and information service, training, education and awareness raising. The centre offers a safe, confidential space where people are believed and supported, and believes that no matter what the circumstances the blame for sexual violence always lies with the perpetrator. The centre also operates from the belief that everyone has the capacity to move towards health and well being and that with support recovery to live a happy, fulfilled life is possible.
A spokes woman for the centre stated, “To provide Outreach Services throughout Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan has long been an unrealised part of our Strategic Plan. This 6 month pilot project to provide face to face counselling services in Carrick is the first step towards providing accessible counselling and support throughout our catchment area. We hope to further extend and develop our service in Carrick. Sometimes people who experience sexual violence can feel isolated and may feel that they don’t want to talk to family or friends; we offer a place where you can talk and express how you feel with someone who is trained and experienced in supporting you. The service we are offering in Carrick is face to face counselling where people have an appointment once a week, the service is free and confidential. Please do not hesitate to contact us, we are here to help.’
If you would like further information or to make an appointment in Carrick or Sligo please ring free phone 1800 750 780