Rape Crisis Scotland helpline (5pm-midnight)
08088 01 03 02

Who do we support?

  • The STAR project supports young people who have experienced any kind of sexual harm, something that you didn’t want or didn’t feel okay. This could have happened in-person or online, recently or when you were a younger child.
  • We support young people of all genders, aged 12-18 years who live in in Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian.
  • We recognise that there are different barriers to accessing support and we will work with you to provide an inclusive and accessible space.

What can STAR offer?

  • We will listen to you, believe you and support you.

  • When you get in touch with us, we will arrange an initial meeting to discuss how we can best support you at this time. You can bring someone with you to this meeting if you’d feel more comfortable. This can be a family member, a friend or anyone you trust.

  • We can offer sessions in person, via video or over the phone.

  • We can offer emotional and practical support from just a few weeks to a few months.

  • Our therapeutic support provides you with a space where you can talk about yourself, your life, what’s happened to you and your thoughts and feelings.

  • We realise that talking can sometimes feel hard. Our therapeutic support can help you to explore your feelings and experiences using creative ways such as art making, music, writing and more.

Getting in touch

  • To arrange an initial meeting with us all you need to do it text us on: 07908 663 512 or email us on: star@ercc.scot saying you are interested in finding out more about support.
  • If you prefer someone else can get in touch with us on your behalf to arrange the meeting.
  • If the incident happened within the past few weeks, please let us know this. Find out more information about recent rape or sexual assault here.
  • If the incident happened within the past 7 days and you are considering reporting to the police now or later on, please find more information here.

  • If you are a professional wanting to refer someone you are supporting, please include this referral form in your email.


  • Everything you share with your STAR worker is confidential within ERCC.
  • To ensure yours and other’s safety, we follow safeguarding guidelines. This means there may be times where we have to share information if we think that you, or a child, young person or vulnerable adult is at risk of serious harm. For more information, please see ERCC’s confidentiality policy.
  • If we need to share your information, we will try to talk to you about this first. 

Accessibility and Intersectionality

ERCC and the STAR team are committed to taking an intersectional approach to the support we provide. We recognise that marginalised groups face significant barriers to getting the help they deserve. We will work with you to provide an inclusive and accessible space.

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