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The MESARCH Project 

This project is being undertaken by Coventry University and our founder Gillian is a member of the Study Steering Committee.

The MESARCH project is evaluating SARCs (Sexual Assault Referral Centres) across England. These centres provide a crisis response to victims of sexual assault and rape including a forensic examination suite and victim/survivors can self-refer to such centres. The research project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Health Services and Delivery programme (HS&DR). The project seeks to understand the work that SARCs do, its impact and where their services sit within the broader context of supporting survivors of sexual violence. The study also addresses a gap in knowledge about long term support required and experiences of survivors of sexual abuse and violence; it will enable us to answer questions about the widespread impact of violence on health and wellbeing over time, along with a range of other outcomes considered important by those with Lived Experiences of sexual assault, rape and abuse.

The MESARCH Project - An introduction.

Conference About Mapping the SARCS in England  - Our founder Gillian took part in the conference.

MESARCH Project Video - Those with Lived Experience are integral to the research project and there is a diverse group of individuals who are part of the research team. This short video was produced as part of a key online conference which was held on 12th May 2021. Participants are from the Lived Experience group and they explain how they have helped to shape the study in many positive and different ways.   


Government Survey on Women's Health

This call for evidence is seeking to collect views on women's health to help with the development of the government's Women's Health Strategy and is open to women aged 16 or over.  
Women's Health Strategy - Call for Evidence - The consultation closes at 11:45pm on 30th May 2021.


An Extract from our October 2020 Newsletter

‘What has been clear during this pandemic is that the victim/survivors of familial sexual abuse during childhood have been overwhelmed – and CISters is still relevant and needed'.

For Cisters,  the past six months (April – September 2020) the volume of contact (predominantly by email) has risen by 700% compared with the same period in 2019. The central message from our members and other survivors has been that there continues to be increased feelings of anxiety, isolation and an undercurrent of concern for the children, of today, who are victims of familial sexual abuse. The true depth of the Hidden Harm within our society’. 


Catholic Church Investigation Report 2020

We have made this Report available to you because the Church responds to Child Sexual Abuse in the same eway that the 'family' often does - they keep it hidden - and silence the victim......

Catholic Church Investigation Report - November 2020