I feel there is something really central around the impact that disbelief can have. One of the particularly cruel things, within a culture which disbelieves women who accuse men of sexual violence, is that survivors have the trauma and pain of that experience further compounded by the gaslighting they face when they recount that experience. The society we live in denies these women the opportunity to define what their experience was and how bad that experience was.
As a service, we recognise the context within which the system is built and within which women are having to share their experience. We recognise that sharing is a brave act of vulnerability and that it can be a particularly terrifying thing to do because of that social context.
We think it is imperative to believe and lift up women in a society which so often silences and fails women.