What would happen if I went to the Centre?
ďAll I want is someone to talk to, in a safe room, quiet, will someone ever
hear me? Will they ask questions? Not too many, I hope. Please just let me
talk let me tell what I need to tell. A bright peaceful room------ books on
rape. Perhaps I can talk. She seems ok. ÖI will begin. Will she believe me?
A cup of tea? She seems to have time Ė please donít comment, please donít
disapprove, disagree, disbelieve. How do I feel, she asks Ė how? Someone
listened, didnít drop off the chair. `You can always ring`. Can I? `No
waiting list yet`- there are others, coming here? `Do you want to start
counselling? `It isnít going to go away, even after the telling, but I can
come back here Ė again Ė until Iím readyĒ
(Written by a client)
The first thing you would be offered is a cup of tea and a friendly face.
You wonít be made to talk and you wonít be made to talk about the abuse or
the rape or the assault. You will be offered the opportunity to talk and you
will be asked questions to help you talk, but you wonít be made talk. Women
come to the Centre with many different feelings. Some in crisis, some come
in very unsure of whether they are meant to be here, and some come in
looking for information for others in their lives. A lot of women make
contact over the phone and then wait a couple of weeks before they ring
again. We are here to help. It may take one call or visit or it may take a
while, either way if you or someone close to you has been assaulted or has
been a victim of sexual abuse do not be afraid to call for help. Check us