Devon Rape Crisis was formally constituted in May 2011 and opened their services in November that year.

My name is Kate and I am passionate about volunteering with Devon Rape Crisis Service; we are a feminist organisation based in Exeter, run by women for women, offering a high standard and confidential service for women who have experienced rape and sexual violence. All who I work with, from the trustees, employees and volunteers are extremely compassionate, inclusive and informed on this topic, and have passed their OCN Level 2 training in Understanding Rape and Sexual Violence.

My area for face-to-face meetings is in the Totnes area and the undisclosed location where I work from has been voluntarily offered by a non-related organization that have generously provided us with a warm space where we can meet and women can have their story heard in the spirit of belief, non-judgment and confidentiality. There are many myths about rape out there; Totnes is a small market town and in the 6 months I have been active in face-to-face meetings, I have seen more survivors than people would have imagined. I meet courageous women who have had traumatic experiences and I'm encouraged by spending time with them, and together finding her unique way of moving through her experience so she can arrive at a place where she is a healed and empowered survivor.

What I would like to say to women out there is no matter what the circumstances were; please do not be inhibited by feeling responsible for it; if you didn't consent, its rape! If it doesn't fall into society's current 'classification' of rape no matter - if you didn't consent, it's rape! Your experience is valid and worth looking at with someone. You can contact Devon Rape Crisis Service on 01392 204174 to talk on the phone or to arrange to meet up to talk in person.