Rape Crisis England & Wales is proud to call itself a feminist organisation. Our member Rape Crisis Centres offer services by women for women and girls because, throughout our 40 years' experience of frontline work, this is what women and girls have told us they want and value.
The majority of generic and statutory services and spaces are gender-neutral so it's important to us that we protect and maintain our safe women-only services and spaces for those who want and need them. Research conducted by the Women’s Resource Centre (WRC) found that women who had used women-only services greatly valued this support and an independent poll of 1,000 women across the UK found that 97% of those interviewed thought that a female rape victim should have the choice of accessing a women-only support service.
While we focus on the needs of women and girls, we fully acknowledge that men and boys also experience rape and sexual violence and that the impacts on their lives can be similarly devastating and long-lasting. Around half of our member Rape Crisis Centres offer a specific service to men and/or boys. There are also other fine organisations that specialise in supporting male survivors. If a man or boy contacts a Rape Crisis Centre that does not offer direct services to male survivors, he will be signposted towards appropriate services. Please see our Support for Men & Boys page for more information.