Helpline: 1800 234 900

Frequently Asked Questions

 What is counselling?

The counsellors at Mayo RCC are trained to listen deeply to men and women who have been affected by sexual violence, irrespective of when this violence happened. They will listen in a respectful and non-judgmental way, enabling you to explore your feelings at your own pace, and in your own time.
The relationship between the client and counsellor is based on confidentiality (except where we believe either you or another is in danger) and trust. We aim to provide a supportive environment where you will not be judged or put under pressure to talk about anything you are not ready to talk about.
*Our confidentiality policy will be discussed in detail at your initial session. 

How long is a session?

A counselling session lasts for an hour and we recommend making a commitment to attend for six sessions initially. You will then, along with your counsellor, be invited to review how it is going for you and to decide if you would like to continue.

How much does it cost?
Our service is free.

Who can attend?
Any man or woman over the age of 16yrs who has suffered any form of sexual violence can attend our service.

I felt violated, but I don’t know if what happened was a sexual violation. Can I get counselling?
It is very common for survivors to not be fully able to understand what happened to them or how they feel about it, especially if it doesn't match up with the concept they had in their head about what would or would not be a violation. Often it is hard for people to understand that physical violence is not always used in sexual assaults. The assault itself is still considered an act of violence. It is important to understand that any sort of unwanted sexual encounters or unwanted sexualized actions are considered sexual violations.

What if I don't remember all the details?
The healing process is not like a law enforcement investigation; evidence is not the focus. It is more important to concentrate on healing.

How do I tell someone I've been raped or sexually abused?

Telling someone that you have been raped or sexually abused can be very hard but it is really important that you tell someone so you can get support. Pick someone that you trust and feel comfortable with, tell them in a place where you feel safe and in control. Only tell them as much as you want to and at your own pace. 

My friend got raped and she doesn’t want to tell anyone. I'm the only one that knows. What should I do?

We would really urge your friend to contact your local Rape Crisis Center or GP for help and guidance. If she can't get into a center she can call on the helpline (1800 234 900). You are also free to call for information or to receive support for yourself. 

I was raped several months ago and put it out of my mind. Why isn't that working anymore? How do I deal with this quickly and effectively?

Rape isn't always something you can heal from in a couple of months. You may need face-to-face counseling to help with the effects of rape like flashbacks and any other PTSD symptoms that may be going on. Contacting a Rape Crisis Centre or your GP can be the first step to getting this help. Generally, putting it out of your mind won't help forever. It will for the short term but then symptoms can return and start to intrude on your life. We suggest you talk someone with experience in abuse issues so you may heal as fully as possible.

How long before I feel better?

Sexual violence is similar to other types of trauma, such as loss of a loved one or physical injury. That means that there is no set time for recovery — it may take several months or many years. Surviving a rape or sexual assault is a life-changing event, one that changes how you view the world, how you view your relationships, and how you view yourself. We believe victims of sexual violence do recover and are able to move on with their lives.


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