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16 Days of Activism – The Bridge

16 Days of activism is an international campaign, that starts on the 25th of November, the International Day for Violence against Women and Girls and runs until 10th of December, Human Rights Day. 

This year, the campaign is “Unite! Invest to prevent violence against women and girls”. This calls on citizens and government to show how much they care about ending violence against women and girls, by sharing actions they are taking to create a world free from violence towards women. 

The Bridge SARC (Sexual Assault Referring Centre) offers support to anyone who has experienced rape and sexual assault at any point in their lives. 

The Bridge offers free and confidential advice, medical care, emotional and psychological support which can include advice on housing, benefits, and support at work. They can also offer information and support to friends and families of victims. 

The Bridge has a 24 hour crisis line for anyone who has experienced recent sexual violence to call for information and advice. You can also to arrange to come in for medical support and for a forensic medical examination.

The service is available to adults or children living in Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucestershire.  

This service is also available to both those who report to the police and those who do not. 

Nicola Shannon, Manager at The Bridge, said:

“Our dedicated team of crisis workers understand how difficult it can be to talk about what has happened. They will listen to the information you give us and ensure that you are treated with respect at all times. They represent you and your best interests and make sure that you have the time and space to reflect on what your options are so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices.

“If you need support, you can call us for free and confidential advice on 0117 342 6999. We’re here 24/7, 365 days a year.”

You can find out more about the service on The Bridge website.