Break the Silence

by Opus Couture in News, Events & Trends

We are introducing a guest blogger to our Opus blog. The exceptional Alison Tate who is the Chief Executive for “Break the Silence”. Break the Silence is an Ayrshire Charity which supports victims of rape and childhood abuse.

We first met Alison and her Team at the Association of Scottish Business Women Awards. The Opus Team and her Team were in the same Category for Best Performing Team Of the Year and Alisons Team went on and won the award, and an deserving win it was. The support they provide at break The Silence is exceptional and Opus are supporting their charity this year. 

Alison was a Mother of the Groom to one of our Beautiful brides last year so she’s part of our Opus family!

How can we help?

Break The Silence

Opus is going to have a flash sale from 19th -29th April with dresses starting from £250!

5% of all sales will go to Break the Silence. We also started a Just Giving page and will be taking donations.

So please read below all about this remarkable award winning charity. 


When Kate Short set up Break the Silence in 2004, she had no idea just how many victims of rape and childhood sexual abuse would come forward to seek help!  Since inception, we have helped nearly 2,500 survivors (from 36 in the first year of operation to almost 500 in 2018).

 Break the Silence provide a range of tailored, holistic support services for victims/survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse, all genders, aged 13 years and above.  Options for support include; one to one professional counselling using qualified Psychotherapists, outreach counselling, couple support, complementary therapies, advocacy, group activities, and volunteering opportunities.

 All support is designed to assist Survivors to work through their trauma, move forward and improve their social well-being and psychological health, enabling and supporting them to achieve an attainable standard of living, health and family life.

 We also provide professional counselling support for partners and family members of Survivors as we recognise that rape and childhood sexual abuse issues can also negatively impact partners and family members.

 There is no cost to access our services. Funding is secured to cover the costs of our services through local authority contracts, Trusts and Foundation grants/awards, fundraising activities and donations to the charity.

Our service is confidential and personal information is held securely and in accordance with Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) data protection regulations.

 Clinical staff are professionally qualified psychotherapists with either the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) or Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA), British Psychological Society (BPS), or British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP).

 Break The Silence are organisational members of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and are bound by its Ethical Framework for good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

 PVG/Disclosure verification is carried out for all Break the Silence Board, Staff and Volunteers. Training for public, private and third sector organisations and individuals is available from our clinical team and delivered to raise awareness of the issues and challenges experienced by Survivors, how to respond to disclosure of rape or abuse sensitively and appropriately and to promote equality for Survivors.

To find out more about this incredible charity please visit - https://www.breakthesilence.or...

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