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Anybody Any type Anytime

The STAR Centre offers free and confidential support to anyone aged 13+ (women, girls, men, boys and those who identify as transgender or non-binary), of any ethnicity who has experienced any type of sexual violence at any time in their lives.

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Happy International Non-Binary People's Day! You may have noticed that on our intake forms we ask for pronouns, or that some of our staff have their pronouns on their badges, we do this to:
πŸ’› Avoid any confusion or assumptions 
🀍 Signal to trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming folks that this is a safe space
πŸ’œGive us an opportunity to discuss how your gender may be relevant to you and your experiences
What do you mean by β€œany type” of sexual violence?

Any experience where someone has acted sexually towards you without your consent is an example of sexual violence. This can be in person or online, and can happen without there being any physical touching. 

If this sounds like something you have experienced and you want to speak about it, please get in touch.
πŸš«πŸ‘— πŸ‘”A mini skirt is not consent. What someone wears does not give anyone the right to violate their boundaries Remember, if you or someone you know has been affected by this, The STAR Centre is here to support you. πŸ’œ #ConsentIsKey #EndVictimBlaming #SupportSurvivors #AnyBodyAnyTypeAnyTime
Did you know that you can support the STAR centre while shopping online? By using easyfundraising, you can fundraise for our cause without spending any extra money. With over 7,000 partner brands, a portion of your purchases will be donated to us. The best part is that the brand covers the cost, so it's a win-win situation! Simply make your purchases through their App or Web Extension, and they will generate a commission that we turn into a donation. It's like magic! Get started by visiting our fundraising page: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/star-centre-ayrshire
This month we're tackling a myth that comes up sometimes  in our workshops about consent: does a person's body being
We had a fabulous day today at Scotland's first EVER Silver Pride Event!! It was beautiful to see so many people in one space celebrating LGBT+ identities and asking important questions on how we make sure older LGBT+ communities are appreciated and included πŸ’œ #EASilverPride 

Three STAR centre staff members (Elaine, Emma and Sarah) in front of neon sign, streamers and holding pride flags.

Photo of STAR centre stall. We had leaflet versions of all our resources, posters with information on LGBT inclusion, and lots of pride flags!

STAR Centre Prevention workers, Emma and Sarah in front of a balloon arch holding pride rainbow flags

Table set up for afternoon tea! There were rainbow fans, bubbles and wild flower seeds!
One of our support workers (Rhiannon) has pulled together this blog post on flashbacks. Flashbacks are a common occurrence for survivors of trauma, and survivors of sexual trauma are no different. Read more about flashbacks on our blog (link in bio!)
Did you know you can set up monthly donations to the STAR Centre? Here's how: 
 πŸ’œ Head to our website and open the donate button. This takes you to our Kindlink Page.
 πŸ’œ Tap the donate button
 πŸ’œChoose how much & how often you'd like to pay 
Once you confirm all your details and payment information that’s you set up!
🌈 Celebrating the 'I' in LGBTQ+! 'Intersex' showcases the beautiful diversity in biological attributes. Let's advocate for recognition and support for intersex individuals in their identities this Pride Month. 🀎#Pride #LGBTQ #IntersexVisibility
Over the weekend we ran into some technical difficulties with our online referral (contact us) forms. If you attempted to fill in a referral form between the 14th and 16th of June, please get in touch again!
[Trigger Warning: Mentions of rape & sexual violence]

Today, on International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, we remember and honour the countless women, girls, men, and boys in all their diversity who have endured conflict-related sexual violence. This day exists to raise awareness and to stand in solidarity against the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, torture, and terrorism.

If you or someone you know has been affected, please reach out to The Star Centre on 01563 544 686 or starcentreayrshire.org. We are always here to support all survivors of sexual violence.

#InternationalDayfortheEliminationofSexualViolenceinConflict2024 #BelieveSupportEmpower #AnyBodyAnyTypeAnyTime
My experience of sexual violence happened a long time ago, can I still get support?

At the STAR Centre we understand how difficult it can be to first recognise sexual violence, and to feel able to get support. No matter how long ago your experience happened we will support you.
This #GRTHM2024 The STAR Centre want to remind everyone that we are committed to providing a safe, inclusive space for everyone who needs us. πŸ’œ

If you want to learn more about Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller History Month, visit www.gypsy-traveller.org/grthm/

Embarking on the journey through the criminal justice system as a survivor of sexual violence can feel like navigating a complex labyrinth of legal terms and procedures. It's a path fraught with uncertainty, where every turn may seem overwhelming and daunting. But in the midst of this confusion, you are not alone.

Our dedicated team of advocacy workers stands ready to be your guiding light through this challenging terrain. We understand that the legal terminology can be intimidating, the processes bewildering, and the sheer magnitude of the system overwhelming. That's why we're here – to serve as your unwavering support system, your allies in deciphering the intricacies of the legal realm.

From breaking down baffling legal jargon to facilitating communication with law enforcement and the courts, our mission is clear: to ensure that you, as a survivor, are empowered and fully informed at every stage of the journey. We believe in your strength, resilience, and right to justice.

For a comprehensive glossary of legal terms related to sexual violence and the criminal justice system, visit our blog. Click the link in bio to access it and arm yourself with knowledge. Together, we'll navigate the complexities of the system, step by step, until your voice is heard and your rights are upheld. πŸ’œ #SurvivorsSupport #LegalAdvocacy #AnyBodyAnyTypeAnyTime
It's Men's Health Awareness Week, we want to remind male survivors of sexual violence that they are not alone. Recovery is a journey that's not always in a straight line. However you are feeling you are always welcome at The STAR Centre. We're here to support you. πŸ’œ

#MensHealthAwarenessWeek #BelieveSupportEmpower #AnyBodyAnyTypeAnyTime
Did you know that our Advocacy Workers can advocate for you if your case goes through the criminal justice system? Find out more about the National Advocacy Project on the Rape Crisis Scotland website!
Our prevention workers are always dotting around Ayrshire providing education to young people on consent, relationships and sexual violence πŸš— πŸš… If you would like us to visit your school, youth group, college or university please get in touch on prevention@starcentreayrshire.org
Has your school signed up to @rapecrisisscot 's ESAS programme? Swipe to find out more about what it is and how you can get involved !
🌈 Celebrating the 'B' in LGBTQ+! 'Bi' isn't just a label; it's a beautiful spectrum of love and attraction towards more than one gender. Let's honour the beautiful spectrum of love this Pride Month. πŸ’™ #Pride #LGBTQ #BiVisibility
🌈Embracing the 'G' in LGBTQ+! Whether it's love or attraction, 'Gay' encompasses a spectrum of identities and experiences. Let's celebrate the diverse voices and journeys within our community this Pride Month. πŸ’œ #Pride #LGBTQ