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Support for people who swap or sell sex

Support for people who swap or sell sex

We provide confidential, free, non-judgemental support to anyone who has experienced sexual violence.

Our ISVAs (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor) are specially trained to support people who swap sex for items or accommodation or who sell sex. Someone who sells sex might be assaulted by a stranger, their partner or a person who is buying sex. Whatever the circumstances, we can help.

How we can help you

An ISVA can provide emotional and practical support in the aftermath of sexual violence and they support people who were abused as children. Your information is held confidentiality; the only time that is shared is either with your permission, for example if you would like your ISVA to refer you to counselling or if you are at immediate risk of harm. ISVAs can provide telephone support if appointments are difficult and will meet you in a place that is convenient and safe for you.

Our ISVAs recognise the additional difficulties that you may be experiencing. You may find it difficult reporting to the Police, or you may have drug or alcohol issues. You may also be concerned about talking to someone or find it difficult to attend appointments.

How an ISVA can help:

  • Signpost or refer you to support services you may want, such as drug and alcohol services or counselling.
  • Accompany you to some appointments.
  • Make sure you know your options so that you can make an informed decision if you are unsure about reporting the assault; we can also look at alternatives such as reporting anonymously.
  • Support you through a Police process.
  • Support you through a court process; we can arrange a pre-trial visit, and will support you through and after the trial, regardless of the outcome.
  • Advocate with you and on your behalf with other agencies such as GP, Social Services, Police, CPS.
  • Liaise with sexual health services, for support with contraception and sexual health concerns.
  • Work with you to help you rebuild your confidence and self-esteem.
  • Help you with planning how to stay safe.
“I just want to thank you. When I first came to you, I had nobody to talk to about the rape and you totally supported me through the whole process. You walked me all the way through everything and made sense of a horrible situation I was in and I don’t know how I would have managed alone. You literally saved my life.”

Survivor stories

Jennifer
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Jennifer’s video

Jennifer talks about her experience of taking her abuser to court and how important her ISVA was in this process.

Shane
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Shane’s video

Shane talks about the sexual abuse he suffered as a child and his experience working with one of our ISVAs.

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