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Saffron Building Society helps Red Kite charity build its service for rape and sexual abuse survivors




A Bishop's Stortford building society has boosted a new charity based in the town that supports survivors of rape and sexual abuse.

Red Kite provides a telephone helpline and counselling for victims and supports those who have suffered historic or childhood trauma as well as recent harm. On Saturdays, the team operates a drop-in service at the community space in Jackson Square.

Saffron Building Society, which has a branch in Market Square, gave the charity £1,700 to upgrade its computer systems to keep secure information about the people they support.

Red Kite in Jackson Square (49479310)
Red Kite in Jackson Square (49479310)

Saffron's community business partner Claire Hunnable said: "Every year, our community fund supports charities that are local to our branches and provide an essential service to the community.

"Red Kite is a fantastic team that offers an important service to the Hertfordshire area. These criminal activities should never go unreported or without conviction, but the reality is they do. In turn, this leads to more people needing relatable and compassionate support. Therefore, efforts by this amazing team could not be any more important, and it is our pleasure to do our little bit to help support them."

Red Kite's services are open to anyone in the north, east and south-east of Hertfordshire, irrespective of age, gender or sexuality; the charity actively supports the LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning, intersex, and asexual and/or ally) communities.

Red Kite founders and trustees, from left, Dr Sue Rayner Jacobs, Cllr Norma Symonds and Siobhan Nundram
Red Kite founders and trustees, from left, Dr Sue Rayner Jacobs, Cllr Norma Symonds and Siobhan Nundram

One of the founders, trustee Dr Sue Rayner Jacobs, said: "Rape is a deeply terrible crime. It destroys the fundamental sense of autonomy and privacy of the victim whose body has been used as an object, whose humanity has been degraded.

"It breeds trauma and distrust between the victim and those close to them, often destroying relationships. It can create trauma within the victim that can last a lifetime if not supported, leading to panic attacks and decreasing their quality of life.

"The public at large rarely understand or sympathise with these troubles. Even those who support humanitarian rights sometimes don't want to hear about rape or childhood abuse.

"Red Kite aims to support sexual violence victims and guide them gently back to a normality, a peace of mind and a life to thrive in and enjoy again."

See redkitesupport.org.uk for more details or call the helpline on 01279 790450.

Red Kite logo (49479399)
Red Kite logo (49479399)


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