Rape Crisis campaign to expand the National Sexual Violence helpline

Rape crisis

As part of our We Believe You campaign, we're supporting Rape Crisis, who run the National Sexual Violence Freephone Helpline. Rape Crisis is calling for funding to enable them to help more women and girls who've experienced sexual violence. Here, they tell us why:

Rape Crisis is proud to support Mumsnet's We Believe You campaign, and applauds the efforts the campaign makes to refute the many myths surrounding rape and sexual assault.

Since 1973, Rape Crisis Centres have been providing crucial support for women and girls who have experienced any form of sexual violence, both recently and in the past.

The National Sexual Violence Freephone Helpline

Increasing demand for our services

Rape Crisis Centres receive more than 170,000 contacts each year from women and girls who have experienced sexual violence -  and many centres must operate waiting lists to meet the increasing year-on-year demand.

According to the British Crime Survey, 40% of adults who are raped tell no-one about it, and 31% of children who are abused reach adulthood without having disclosed their abuse. 

We provide the National Sexual Violence Freephone Helpline - 0808 802 9999.

It's a vital lifeline for many women and girls, but because of a lack of funding, it's only open for limited hours (five hours a day). Unlike other helplines, it has never received central government funding. 

Currently, we are only able to answer a quarter of all calls to the Helpline. This means that there are thousands of women and girls whom we cannot help, but who really need the practical and emotional support we offer.

We want to expand this vital service to 15 hours a day, but we need to raise £150,000 to do so. We badly need your support.

Why is our Freephone Helpline so important?

Write to your MP - tell them that the Sexual Violence Helpline should be funded centrally, like other helplines.

Please, make a donation to support this vital service.

For many women and girls, getting support to rebuild their lives after rape and sexual abuse is just as important as getting a criminal conviction - if not more so.

In fact, the vast majority of women we support do not report to the police, and over 71% of those who attend Rape Crisis Centres have experienced abuse more than a year ago.  Despite improvements in police procedures, women tell us that they have little confidence in the judicial system.

The Helpline does not show on telephone bills, and is free to users of Vodaphone, 02, Orange and other mobiles.

Donate to Rape Crisis

Please help us to reach our target of £150,000 so that we can improve this vital service!

Just Giving

Or donate by text, by texting SLRC11 £2, SLRC11 £5 or SLRC11 £10 to 70070 to help survivors of sexual violence. 

A bit more about Rape Crisis

One of the most important things for our users is that Rape Crisis Centres are independent of both the government and the criminal justice system, and are community-based. Rape Crisis (England and Wales) is the umbrella body which supports a network of Rape Crisis Centres. We offer crisis and long-term specialised counselling, support and independent advocacy, plus our National Sexual Violence Freephone Helpline on 0802 802 9999.


Last updated: over 2 years ago