Confidential Telephone Helpline and Support Line

Free face-to-face counselling for Survivors of Rape or Childhood Sexual Abuse

The Openness Project

Independent Sexual Violence Advisor







A Confidential Telephone Help and Support line

We have a team of trained people who are able to take your calls on the helpline and support line, between 6.30 to 9.30 in the evenings, from Monday to Friday.

Alternatively, you can phone the office number during the day for information etc.



Free face-to-face counselling for Survivors of Rape or Childhood Sexual Abuse


About Counselling

Your counsellor can help you to talk through the things that are concerning you. The aim is to help you feel more in charge of your own life, and to support you if you wish to make positive changes in your life.

You will not be told what to do, but will be helped towards solutions that are practical, realistic and achievable. 

Talking things through and knowing you are being listened to in a safe environment often helps.

It is up to you how much you want to share with your counsellor, and you have the right to make your own decisions about change and/or whether you wish to continue with counselling.


How long do the sessions usually last?

Each session usually lasts for fifty minutes, and it is usual to see the same counsellor for each session. Initially, we offer up to 12 fifty minute sessions of counselling, which is usually reviewed by you and your counsellor after 6 weeks.

Some sessions are also available for the survivor's family and friends who have been affected. 



The Openness Project


Most importantly, we are here to help and to listen to young people experiencing childhood sexual abuse and violence issues. We offer support and information through our Openness helpline, which is open 6.30 til 9.30 in the evenings on weekdays. We also have a dedicated text line which is always available at 07857694380. We are now able to offer a free face-to-face counselling service for under 18s as well.

We run young peoples workshops in schools across the county which have been a resounding success. These workshops address sexual abuse issues such as: Raising Awareness, Safety and Support, Challenging Myths. 



Independent Sexual Violence Advisor


Our ISVA provides a service to adults, young people and children, who have experienced recent or historical sexual violence or coercion, for example rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, child sexual abuse, trafficking for sexual purposes or abuse in the sex industry.

She offers emotional and practical support (whether reported to the police or not), and can give assistance regarding the police and criminal justice system, housing, welfare and community services, counselling etc.

Please feel free to contact our ISVA service to talk about how we can be of help on 01227 826900 or email to This is a confidential service.



Workshops and Training


We are able to offer (to volunteers, schools and other agencies) various training and workshops on issues of sexual violence and related problems that survivors may experience. It is free for schools and voluntary organisations - please contact the office to discuss.





East Kent Rape Line - Charity No. 1017581 

PO Box 353 Canterbury - Office: 01227 451753 - Email:

Helpline: 08004582818 - Support : 01227450400 - Openness Project: 01227784886


Supported by:   Home Office, Kent RAG,  University of Kent, Ministry of Justice, PCC,

Streynshams Trust, Allen Lane Foundation, Whitehead Monckton