Our Mission Statement
Our work is underpinned by the following mission:
- To provide a range of services to support women who have experienced sexual violence.
- To raise awareness about sexual violence against women and to actively challenge the values, beliefs and behaviour which contribute to women’s oppression.
We have a strong strong set of values and principles that influence our work, they are that we:
- Are a feminist organisation run by and for women.
- Will ally with and support other feminist organisations.
- Have a women centred ethos.
We are a feminist organisation, feminism informs our ethos, activities and the way in which we deliver our services.
The following beliefs inform us:
- Sexual violence is not an individual event but a manifestation of a male dominated society.
- Sexual violence is a cause and consequence of gender inequality.
- The threat of sexual violence is a way of controlling women.
As a feminist organisation we:
- Believe women.
- Provide a women only space.
- Actively challenge myths and victim blaming throughout our work.
- Collectivise the experience/s of individual women to help women understand their own experiences of sexual violence.
Feminism informs RCTN’s practice in challenging and changing the social acceptance of sexual violence.
Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. All counsellors receive regular supervision with an external supervisor in line with BACP regulations. We also adhere to the Rape Crisis National Standards.