In the late 70s, early 80s a small group of women living in Thurrock 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.
South Essex Rape & Incest Crisis Centre (SERICC) delivers services 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.