Who we are
Forth Valley Rape Crisis is proud to call itself a feminist organisation and feminism underpins all of the work we do. Our centre is women-led and we recognise that rape and sexual abuse are gendered crimes with the majority of survivors of sexual violence being women and children and the majority of perpetrators being men. We acknowledge this power imbalance and recognise that sexual violence is one aspect of gender inequality that women face within our society.
As feminists we believe that survivors of all genders deserve access to support and therefore the services we offer to male survivors are an important aspect of our work. We see the impact of sexual violence as no less devastating on the lives of men and boys and our aim is to offer a safe space to people of all genders, whilst holding on to our values and feminist principles which has been at the heart of the rape crisis movement in Scotland for the past 40 years.
We believe that no-one, regardless of behaviour, dress or lifestyle, is to blame for the sexual violence they experience.
We believe that sexual violence should not be condoned or tolerated.
We are a charity run by a voluntary board of directors who live or work in the area. We have a mix of paid staff and volunteers. We are funded by the Scottish Government and Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling Councils, and by various trusts and foundations. We also rely on donations.
All rape crisis centres and the RCS Helpline are staffed by fully-trained paid and unpaid women workers.
We are a member of the Stirling, and the Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Gender-Based Violence Partnerships.