Motivations Behind RISE Kent

Knowing that unfortunately there are thousands of people that experience some form of sexual violence each year, as well as a lot of people who do not realise until later on in life what had happened to them; there is little support in the form of peer-centred support groups.

Peer- centred support groups like RISE Kent enables individuals to reconnect with others in similar situations. Reconnection is vital for the healing process, as for many survivors’ feelings of disconnection and loss of trust between people is very common.

There are many benefits from a peer-centred approach, such as…


·         Reduce feelings of Isolation

·         Rebuilding Trust

·         Decreases stigmatisation or fear of it

·         Promotes a sense of belonging

·         Identification

·         Emotional support

·         Sharing experiences

·         Increased social network/ friendships

·         Learn from each other

·         Rewarding to be able to help others

·         Empowering

·         Hope


RISE Kent is an independent organisation, resulting in no waiting lists or cost fees! We hope to be here for the long run, which means your recovery and healing can be taken at your own pace.


Our Aims

RISE stands for Reassure, Identify, Support and Empower and that is what we hope to do.

RISE Kent does not expect you to share anything you don’t want to, we are here simply to reassure you that what you have gone through and how you are feeling you’re not alone! Speaking to other survivors who can relate to your experience and identify with what you are going through, can give you that connectivity you may feel you have lost with others. Our staff and volunteers as well as the group are here to support you through your journey, which ever part it is. Helping each other and listening to each other’s stories, struggles and strengths gives people positivity, motivation and hope that things can and will get better!!! All helping and empowering each other to a better and fulfilling future!


Supportive Literature

The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis

The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Programme for Confidence, Success and Happiness by Dr Steve Peters

You Can Heal Your Life by Louise. L. Hay

How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body, by David. R. Hamilton.

Surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse: Practical Self-help for Adults who were Sexually Abused as Children, by Caroline Ainscough and Kay Toon

Growing Beyond Survival: A Self-Help Tool Kit for managing Traumatic Stress, by Elizabeth. G. Vermilyea

Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child, by John Bradshaw

The Inner Child Workbook: What to do with your past when it just won't go away, by Cathryn. L Taylor

Rescuing the 'Inner Child', by Penny Parks 

The Language of Letting Go, by Melody Beattie

The Rape Recovery Handbook: Step-by-Step Help for Survivors of Sexual Assault, by Aphrodite Matsakis 

Hackney Child: A True Tale of Survivng Poverty and the Care System, by Hope Daniels and Morag Livingstone

Tainted Love, by Hope Daniels and Morag Livingstone