Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre was set up as a confidential helpline in 1982 by a small group of local women. It was a response to a growing awareness of sexual violence against women and girls, and the need to provide a safe space.
The Centre gave many women their first chance to talk openly about their experiences of rape, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse and other forms of sexual violence. It also meant they could support each other in their recovery and healing.
Today, nearly 40 years later, we have expanded to become a specialist sexual violence charity delivering a range of life-changing support services to survivors of sexual violence.
Our mission is to ensure women and girls across Cambridgeshire who are being, or have been, subjected to any form of sexual violence are able to access the best possible, user-led, specialist
support and information. We are dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of sexual violence in our community, with the ultimate goal of ending rape and sexual violence.
Our free, confidential and non-judgemental support services include a telephone helpline, email support, counselling and advocacy support. We are run by women, for women, and provide protected time and space to empower survivors to recover, begin to rebuild and go on to thrive.
We also provide training for individuals and organisations on a wide range of issues surrounding sexual violence.
For more information about our work and how you can help, please visit our website HERE
Cambridge Herstory is an archive and resource of Cambridge Women’s Heritage, celebrating the courage and resilience of the women of Cambridge.
The archive celebrates the contributions of women who have lived, worked and studied in Cambridge throughout the ages: from stories of women in history who changed the city for the better, and often contributed nationally to stories of women currently living in Cambridge who make massive contributions to improve the lives of their friends, family, neighbours, colleagues, community members and our city every single day.
If you would like to add to add a Cambridge Herstory blog – whether your story or someone else’s, or an event, art, culture or links celebrating the women of Cambridge, please contact Ari or Hilary.
Community Development Officer, Cambridge City Council
Hilary Cox Condron
Cambridge Herstory Curator
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