Rape Crisis Scotland helpline (5pm-midnight)
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Support for friends, family and partners

At STAR we recognise that unwanted sexual experiences often has a huge impact, not only on the survivor but to those closest to them as well. We offer support to family, friends, and partners of young people who have experienced any form of sexual harm. 

These support sessions offer you a space to process your own feelings about what has happened to your loved one as well as exploring ways you can support them and yourself.

If you are interested in support for friends, family and partners (FFP) please text STAR on: 07908 663 512 or email us on: star@ercc.scot saying you would like to find out more about FFP support. After this we will arrange an introductory meeting with one of our STAR workers to discuss how we can best support you at this time.

We also recognise that hearing about an assault of a loved one and trying to support them can be a trigger for your own experiences of sexual harm. If you feel this applies to yourself, you may want to consider a referral for support.

  • If you are aged between 12-21 then you can refer to STAR
  • If you are over 21 you can refer to our adult service

Here are some resources you may find useful:

  • Rape Crisis Scotland booklet: Information for partners aimed at adult partners but has useful information relevant to young people too.

  • Little Green Book: aimed at survivors aged 15+. This is a guide offering practical information and exercises to help those who have experienced sexual harm. It looks at what trauma is, its effects, ways of coping and recovery.

  • It’s OK to Be Me: aimed at survivors aged 12-14. Like the ‘Little Green Book’ this is a guide offering practical information and exercises to support those who have experienced sexual harm but it is written in a way that is accessible to younger survivors.
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