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Survivor Sanctuary FAQ

Updated: Apr 11

Survivor Sanctuary was an idea that was sparked at a Collaboration Station in August 2022. Since then they have grown exponentially! We wanted to share some of their frequently asked questions with you and also ways you can get involved...





What is Survivor Sanctuary?


Survivor Sanctuary is a grassroots organisation, which is led by survivors, for survivors. We provide peer to peer support for victim-survivors who have experienced sexual violence. At our core we cultivate a safe space which provides connection, belonging and friendship through our shared lived experiences, no matter where survivors are on their journey.




What is the change you want to see?


Alongside our mission, our aim is to ensure that survivors of sexual violence are invited to have a seat at the table where decisions are made about policy changes that directly affect us. As survivors, we want to work with systems and organisations to reform the experience for survivors of the reporting process and the accessibility of specialised support.





Survivor Sanctuary have a women's group, Trans and Queer group and an all genders group. Which group is right for me?


We want people to decide where they feel the most comfortable, as this is different for everyone. What connects us is our lived experiences. We have one group that is only for women, the others are open to all.



Does it matter what stage or where I am on my journey?


The simple answer is no. We have people who are just starting to understand their experience, some who have reported their abuser and others who do not want to. Others have accessed specialist support services, some who are on waiting lsist and some who aren't ready to access that support yet.


It doesn't matter where you are on your journey, or if you have or haven't accessed specialist support services. Our aim is to offer a safe space of acceptance and understanding, where you can socialise and nurture new friendships and know that you belong.


Will I be asked or have to talk about my experiences in details?


No and why would we? We are not a professional support service, we are a peer support group. The two are very different on what they offer to victims-survivors.


However, should you ever wish to talk about the impact your experience is having on you, we will listen. Our shared lived experience is what brings us together, without even needing to say what happened to us.


What can I expect to see at a session?


Our sessions are ran by volunteers, they may differ each time you come, but they are all wonderful people. And when we are able to some of the team at Survivor Sanctuary will be there, but as participants - as they are survivors too.


Who shows up to each session differs. We wont chase you and ask you why you didn't attend a session, and whilst you don't need to let us know that you are planning on coming, it is helpful for us to know how many people to plan for.





Is there a referral list or wait time?


You can self refer to the group, you do not need to be referred by a professional. There is no list/wait time to join.


You get to chose if and when you come to a session, there is no minimum requirement or commitment. We are here for you as and when you need us, no questions asked.


How can I find out more about Survivor Sanctuary?


Survivor sanctuary links - website, events, etc.


Could you be the right person to join the team as a volunteer board member?


As the Survivor Sanctuary work expands, we need our team to do the same. We are looking for board members to not only help strategically shape the work, but to also provide skills and energy to further build the SSC movement. Alongside our mission, our aim is to ensure that survivors of sexual violence are invited to have a seat at the table where decisions are made about policy changes that directly affect them. As survivors, we want to work with systems and organisations to reform the experience for survivors of the reporting process and the accessibility of specialised support. Find out more





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