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Survivors' Network is a registered charity that aims to reduce sexual violence and its impact on survivors' lives. We are a fully accredited member of Rape Crisis England and Wales and are the Rape Crisis Centre for Sussex.

We understand that a healing journey starts with a small step and are here to help you.

We know that it takes a lot of courage to seek help for the effects of sexual abuse. There is no right or wrong way to feel afterwards and there is no fixed time for recovery.

No-one ever asks to be raped or is responsible for the attack in any way.

We believe that with the right support you can heal from your experiences. 

This website has more information about Survivors' Network and our services. If you can’t find the information you need please contact us on 01273 203380 or email

Our building is women-only on Monday evenings and all day on Thursdays



Exploring invisible crimes and victimisations: a call for research participants

Project Aims:

What is the nature and extent of recorded sexual violence in the army?

How does this differ to that which is unreported?


This research will further develop the work by Jupp et al and the recent work of Davies et al. They propose that crime and harm remains hidden because there is: no knowledge (there is little individual or public knowledge that the crime has been committed); no statistics (official statistics fail to record or classify the crime); no theory (criminologists and others neglect to explain the crime, its existence and its causes); no research (such crimes are

Support all the brave people who speak out about abuse

I was asked to write a comment piece for The Argus following extensive coverage about a survivor who had waived her right to anonymity. I've reproduced it here:


The courage of Tina Roper, who featured in The Argus when she waived her right to anonymity to speak out about her experiences of sexual violence, is testament to the incredible strength and resilience shown by many survivors.


Having secured convictions against the men who had abused her, she wants to show to others who have experienced, or are still experiencing abuse what she went through, that you can speak out and that

Your Views Matter

Survivors’ Network is here for the people who use us.


We know that you are the experts in your own journey so it is important for us to hear from you what you think of the service, what works and what doesn’t work and any ideas you have for how we could improve, or other things we could do.


If you would be interested in being part of this, come along to a confidential drop-in session



Date: March 3rd from 10am to 12pm

Location: Survivors’ Network Drop-in

We will reimburse travel and any childcare expenses



To let us know if you are coming, email

Can Do Fitness Sessions for Survivors

The aim of this series of workshops will be to help reconnect survivors with their bodies for mental and physical wellbeing, and empower them to support each other for ongoing positive change. Helping to tackle issues such as stress, anxiety, panic attacks, and managing one’s feelings and emotions through exercise rather than accepted talking therapies and with the addition of peer support is a new approach, eg channelling aggression or anger through boxing style circuits, in a safe environment while getting fitter and stronger both physically and mentally.


When and where will it take

Consent in the City

Conent in the City is a new campaign, launched and being driven forward by Ruth Mason. It has been inspired by the surge in interest in erotic literature such as the 50 shades trilogy. The campaign will ask if the novels influence how people regard consent. With the help of City Reads, a reading list of 7 novels with a range of sexual encounters has been compiled. Residents are asked to consider these different representations of sex and post reviews and comments on the Consent in the City blog.


It is apparent with the media coverage around cases such as Ched Evans, Rolf Harris and other