SERICC was formed in the late 1980's from a small group of women living in Thurrock and came together through our collective experiences.
Meetings were held to discuss the lack of women centred, women only services available to meet our specific needs. In 1981, we decided to change this and began the process of finding out how to create what we wanted and needed for ourselves. Several women attended the London Rape Crisis training where we learnt about the experience of other feminist activists in the UK and the world.
The telephone help-line was launched in February 1984, one afternoon per week covering Thurrock and East Kent. After a short period of time we began receiving calls from women and girls who had been sexually abused as either as an adult or child. Through determination, struggle and negotiation this small group has been able to grow into one of the most established Rape Crisis Centres providing specialist sexual violence counselling and advocacy services. We are a team of 20 women that includes specialist counsellors, volunteers and are governed by a Board of Trustees. We have a main office in Thurrock and offer outreach in locations across Essex. SERICC provides specialist services free to the residents of the South-East Essex region which covers Thurrock, Basildon, Billericay and Brentwood, Harlow and Epping. Sexual violence counselling and advocacy services are available to individuals who are experiencing, or have experienced any form of sexual violence or sexual abuse.
SERICC is a women - led feminist organisation. We recognise sexual violence is an abuse of power and is the cause and consequence of gender inequality. We promote substantive equality by providing women only spaces, alongside inclusive spaces and striving to improve accessibility to our services.
We are members of Rape Crisis England & Wales and are approved under their National Service Standards and membership critera.