Leeds Rape Crisis

// 15 January 2009

There will be a meeting at 6pm on Wednesday 11th February in Leeds Civic Hall (Millenium Square) to discuss the setting up of a new Rape Crisis centre in Leeds:

Leeds is home to a number of excellent domestic violence and women’s services but has been without a specialist support service for women who’ve experienced sexual violence for many years. We feel that now is the time to develop a new Leeds Rape Crisis and we’re keen to meet others who feel similarly.

If you want to hear more about this idea, or learn more about the Rape Crisis movement as a whole, and/or if you feel you have any time, energy, expertise or experience you could contribute to this project, please join us at the above meeting.

As numbers will have an impact on the room we book, please confirm your attendance by Monday 2nd February by e-mailing Katie Russell and Sandra McNeill at ktrussell[at]care2.com . If you are unable to attend this time but would like to be kept informed of future meetings and developments, please also let us know.

**Please note that this will be a women-only meeting** If you are a man who would like to find out more about ending violence against women, or about specialist sexual violence services for men, please feel free to e-mail the above address.

Comments From You

Rhiannon // Posted 15 January 2009 at 9:43 pm

I sent an email to the address in the post, as I’ll be moving to Leeds later this year and would like to keep in touch with this group, but it bounced. Is anyone else having this problem?

MsChin // Posted 15 January 2009 at 11:52 pm

Please lend your support to a Rape Crisis for Leeds NOW! Rape Crisis provide a much-needed service for survivors of child sexual abuse and violence as well as survivors of adult sexual violence. True, the govt has funded new Sexual Assault Referral Centres, but they are criminal justice-oriented and women who have experienced sexual violence need other options which only Rape Crisis can give. For example, in Bradford there’s a specialist project for Asian women. The women across West Yorkshire who have worked so tirelessly for the cause of ending violence against women deserve everyone’s support in getting this project off the ground.

John // Posted 26 January 2009 at 10:05 am

A friend of mine was walking around in Leeds last night and an Egyptian man kept trying to get her to have a drink with him. He even kept touching her hair and her back while she was trying to walk home. After some people finally showed up on the street the man backed off. Who knows what could have happened. She is only 15. The police were notified, but nothing like that should be allowed to go on.

Something needs to be done.

Jennifer // Posted 6 May 2009 at 3:20 pm


My name is Jennifer, and I’d really like to get in touch with whoever has more information about this great project. I’ve read the e-mail address isn’t working, and I’m really keen to speak to one of the organisers.

If someone who knows how I can get in touch with the organisers can please post the right e-mail address as a reply comment, I’d really be grateful.

Thank you,


Laura // Posted 6 May 2009 at 4:27 pm

Just to clarify, the contact email for this is ktrussell[at]care2.com.

Julie // Posted 30 March 2010 at 7:07 am


I could do with help and this is my first port of call. I had no idea that there was no crisis centre in Leeds. I just took it for granted that there was one.

Laura // Posted 30 March 2010 at 10:26 am

Hi Julie,

The Support After Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds (SARSVL) helpline will open on Wednesday 7th April 2010.

“The initial opening times will be Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings from 6 – 8pm. There is an answer-phone on at all other times and callers are welcome to leave us a message and we can ring them back.”

The SARSVL helpline number is 0113 202 1844.

Their website is: http://www.supportafterrapeleeds.org.uk/

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