Sexual Assault Care Centre

Rape and sexual assault are terrifyingly common.  There isn’t a woman alive who has not had the fear of rape and assault instilled in her.  When it happens to you, it is hard to know where to turn for support.

In Singapore there is only one organization dedicated to supporting victims of rape and sexual assault–SACC (Sexual Assault Care Centre).  Right now SACC needs our help to raise enough money to build a drop in centre, and the Singaporean government is willing to match our donations dollar for dollar.  Please join me in supporting SACC with your donations.

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SACC provides the following specialised services to support victims and survivors of sexual assault.

Our services

  1. Drop-in centre – On Monday-Friday, from 10am to 7pm, SACC will provide a safe space where you can immediately consult an on-site social worker and receive counselling, without any prior appointment.
  2. Helpline support – Call 6779 0282 to speak to a trained volunteer and receive support through the phone. You can also make an appointment to see a social worker or counsellor for further help. The helpline runs Monday-Friday, from 10am till midnight.
  3. Email support is provided on a daily basis. Write to sacc@aware.org.sg Emails are monitored every few hours.
  4. Befriender Service – Trained befrienders will accompany you to the police, the hospital or to court to report and follow your sexual assault case, providing information and emotional support through the various legal and medical processes. Contact the helpline or email to ask for a Befriender.
  5. Counselling and Case Management – Many sexual assault survivors find it helpful to talk to a counsellor. AWARE’s counsellors have the experience and sensitivity needed to support sexual assault victims. They will provide follow-up care counselling to victims of sexual assault. All support is provided on a strictly confidential basis. The cost of counselling is 1% of your monthly salary per session, at a minimum charge of $10 per session for those not working.Counselling is conducted at AWARE’s office on weekdays. Call the SACC Helpline or email us to ask for counselling support.
  6. Legal advice – Call us to make an appointment with an experienced lawyer to explore your legal options.

more info here

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About Sexual Assault Care Centre

SACC was launched in May 2014 by AWARE, Singapore’s leading gender equality advocacy group, to support women who have experienced sexual assault. It grows out of, and continues the work of, AWARE’s previous Sexual Assault Befrienders Service (launched in 2011). You can see more details at www.sacc.sg.

How your donation helps:

  • $20 – One free counselling session
  • $50 – Transport for a befriender to go with a client to the police station, hospital or court
  • $100 – One session of free legal advice
  • $500 – To build a permanent drop-in centre
Your donations are tax-exempt

All donations of $50 or more are eligible for 2.5 tax exemption in Singapore.

We need to provide you with a tax-exemption receipt for you to claim this relief when filing your taxes next year. If you would like this receipt, please drop an email to fundraising@aware.org.sg with your full name, Singapore IC number and address, and we will mail you the receipt.

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3 Responses to Sexual Assault Care Centre

  1. chewytravels says:

    It’s great to know this exists and that they are trying to expand their services. I’m not sure what the rates of sexual harassment are like in Singapore, but I hope people don’t feel too embarassed to talk about it.

    This kinda relates to my experience trying to get tested for STDs, which is normally a regular part of my annual gynecologist visit but is not included in those types of visits apparently. I was surprised to find that it wasn’t easy to see a OB-GYN here, and needed a referral from the university health centre if I wanted a check up. So I had to go to a sexual health clinic, which felt a bit awkward at times.

    Hopefully the new drop in centre doesn’t have a social stigma attached to it!

    • Oh the joys of asking for an STI test as a married woman. They did it because I was willing to pay for it, but they were baffled why a married woman would want one.

      There’s a lot of stigma and shame around sex in Singapore. Movies and television are censored for sex as well as lgbt themes. I remember seeing Sex and the City 2 shortly after we moved here and there were obvious cuts (during Samantha’s sex scenes).

      The sex ed curriculum doesn’t help—4 of the 6 providers are conservative fundamentalist christian groups and the other two are conservative non-xtian groups. Did you see Agatha Tan’s letter about her sex ed experience at JC (a Focus on the Family presentation)? It went viral and demonstrates quite well (from what I’m told) the general tone and content of sex ed curriculum in Singapore, which then translates to larger cultural attitudes about sex and shame.

      • chewytravels says:

        Yeah, I’ve noticed the stigma around sex from talking with Singaporeans I know. People feel embarrassed about their sexual activity, and don’t want others to know if they do have casual sex.

        I have noticed that sex scenes do get cut in Singapore. I did see that letter about the Focus on the Family. It’s frustrating to see that kind of perspective being taught in schools.

        Hopefully the next generation starts to change things, but it still seems like young people who are more open about their sexuality are on the outskirts and not part of the mainstream.

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