Ethos and Values
As an organization working from a women-centered perspective WRSAC believes that rape, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and domestic abuse are an abuse of power and that no woman should ever be blamed for being abused. By working to a feminist understanding of violence against women WRSAC recognises the imbalance of power relations between men and women within society and works to promote substantive equality.*
WRSAC recognises that sexual violence and domestic abuse are a cause and consequence of gender inequality. Gender based violence requires a gender specific, evidenced based response. Discrimination against women violates the principles of equality of rights and respect for human dignity.
WRSAC believes that by providing women only space this challenges structures which have historically discriminated against women and girls.
WRSAC aims to encourage all women to be involved in and to contribute to the direction and priorities of the organization. We aim to work in an inclusive and participatory manner and support and facilitate women and girls to be involved at all levels of policy and decision making. Women and girls are supported to speak in their own voices about their own experiences and reality.
WRSAC acknowledges that particular groups of women are affected differently by the compounded effects of past and continuing inequalities based on gender, sexuality, disability, faith, age, ethnicity, economic situation and other status and pro actively work towards making services available and accessible to all women.
All women and girls are supported in their choices with regard to their human rights including: sexual health, reproductive rights and the right to safe abortion.
All WRSAC’s Support Work comes from a ‘women-centered’ empowerment model used by a range of service providers including the Rape Crisis England and Wales and Women’s Aid.
WRSAC believe that: -
Prevention of violence against women is everyone's responsibility. The community has a responsibility to support survivors in their healing and to work towards ending sexual violence and domestic abuse. Sexual violence and domestic abuse are crimes that involve power and control. Survivors have the right to receive the support they need to heal from abuse.The trauma of sexual violence and domestic abuse can severely impact the quality of life for survivors and their families. Ensuring confidentiality and respecting the choices of survivors are top priorities. Healing that results in long term enhanced quality of life takes time. The impacts of sexual violence and domestic abuse permeate all of society. All survivors deserve access to services. Sexual violence will continue until the root causes of violence against women and children are addressed. Working collaboratively with the community is essential to address the needs of survivors
* Unlike ‘formal equality’ which is based on equality of opportunity and that everyone should be treated the same and given the same opportunities ‘substantive equality’ recognises the embedded structural nature of discrimination and addresses equality of results as well as equality of opportunity. It recognises that women and men may need to be treated differently in order to benefit equally.