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!