This is Rape Crisis England & Wales’ survey for women and girls who want to share their thoughts and ideas about new online support for survivors of rape and sexual abuse.
Women and girls who've been raped or sexually abused can find it hard to get through on Rape Crisis helplines and often have to wait to get the support they need. That’s because more women and girls than ever before are contacting Rape Crisis Centres. We think it’s a good idea to use the internet to help women and girls get support. Lots of different women and girls are using the internet; websites, apps and social media are becoming part of our daily life. But there's still very little specific information and support out there for women and girls who have been sexually abused.
Our new ‘Weaving the Web’ project aims to develop a range of online services that will work with existing Rape Crisis services. We want to reduce waiting times for support and make it easier for women and girls who can't get face-to-face services at the moment to get support. We think and hope the project will help more Black and Minority Ethnic (BME), Lesbians, Bi and Trans (LBT) and Disabled women and girl survivors to get support. The project is funded by the Big Lottery Women and Girls' Initiative Strategic Fund.
The survey can be accessed at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/coproductionsurvey
or by scanning the QR code below.
More about our Weaving the Web project:
What is Weaving the Web?
Rape Crisis Centres have experienced unprecedented demand for our specialist services in recent years. Innovative approaches are needed to address increasing demand, improve access, reach and more readily available support. With more women and girls using the internet than ever before, digital technologies are becoming an integrated part of our daily lives and web-based services are rapidly expanding and routinely accessed. Yet there is no national resource specifically designed to provide the range of information and support that women and girl survivors of sexual violence want and need online.
Funded by the Big Lottery Women and Girl’s Initiative Strategic Fund over a 5 year period, the ‘Weaving the Web’ project aims to develop a platform from which a range of easily accessible specialist online services will be provided which compliment and enhance Rape Crisis existing services. In addition to reducing waiting times for support we hope that women and girls who are unable to access face to face services will be able to receive support. We further intend and anticipate that the project will improve our reach to under-served women and girls, including BME, LBT and Disabled survivors.
The Weaving the Web project started in October 2016 with a two-year period of active engagement, consultation and development. At the heart of the project is the co-production with women from Rape Crisis centres, and women and girl survivors that characterises Rape Crisis England & Wales’ work. The national web platform and its online services are planned to be live and operational by October 2018 and we anticipate that 7000 women and girls will access the platform by October 2021.
We will shortly be producing a list of FAQs about the project and co-production.
If you have any questions or need to get in touch with the project you can contact us via email at: email@example.com