New group will support LGBT+ survivors in north-east
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Four Pillars and Rape Crisis Grampian (RCG) to provide a joint group for LGBT+ survivors of rape and domestic abuse.
Plans for the group, 4Survivors, have been in the making since early 2020. But due to COVID-19 those plans have been delayed.
4Survivors was due to launch in April but will now commence once the Scottish Government guidance allows, although enquiries can now be made through RCG.
4Survivors is a group for LGBT+ members of the community to seek peer support after experiencing rape, domestic abuse or violence at home.
Members will meet once a month in RCG offices and be able to access support from both Four Pillars and RCG staff.
It is hoped that this group will allow members of the LGBT+ community to feel comfortable in coming forward and discussing these traumatic events with others.
A chance to build relationships, grow confidences and become strong again.
Four Pillars' Deejay Bullock said “We were approached by Rape Crisis Grampian about additional support needs for members of the LGBT+ community they were/are supporting.
"Through discussions it became clear that these members needed a dedicated space to be able to open up and share their stories with others who may have been through similar experiences.
"I met with Nicoleta and we are delighted that 4Survivors was born from there.
"We are always pleased to work with other local organisations, especially when that forms a dedicated support package for members in our community such as this.”
Rape Crisis Grampian's Nicoleta Ciubotariu said “We are delighted to start 4Survivors as a joint project with Four Pillars!
"Having achieved our LGBT+ Charter Mark we want to make sure people know we are here for them and we are inclusive.
"Above all, we want survivors to know they are not alone, and after discussing with Deejay, we agreed this group must happen as soon as possible so that LGBT+ survivors will have access to that much needed, tailored support.”