A project which lends a helping hand to survivors of childhood rape and abuse has been launched in the north-east.
Aberdeen-based charity, Rape and Abuse Support (RAS), has been given the go-ahead for a new programme to provide assistance and relief to youngsters and adults affected by such traumatic experiences.
The project was made possible by a £4,000 donation from Aberdeen Asset Management’s Charitable Foundation.
Trained RAS volunteers will now be able to offer tailored support through a 12-step programme as part of the initiative, lending an ear and a comforting environment to service users.
RAS support services coordinator, Lorraine Dobson, said: “We are very grateful for this donation from Aberdeen Asset Management that has allowed us to roll out this new support project for young girls and women in the north-east.
“This project enables survivors to discuss issues relating to abuse, and the impact it has had on their lives and to explore issues including developing coping mechanises to address this in everyday life.
“Childhood survivors can share their stories with trained volunteers, who can offer direct and unique support to them. This will be an ongoing project because we are aiming to help as many people as we can.”
Support is offered through the charity for anyone above the age of 13, who has been sexually assaulted or raped at any time in their life.
The charity’s main focus is on survivors who have issues with alcoholism, post-traumatic stress disorder and low self-esteem.
Succour is also offered to family members, friends and partners, while the charity also works with the wider community through its prevention programme.
Dominic Kite, of Aberdeen Asset Management’s Charitable Foundation, said: “Rape and Abuse Support Aberdeen carries out vital work in the city and surrounding area and this new support group will build and develop the service it is able to offer.”