Manchester Rape Crisis

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Manchester Rape Crisis (MRC) is a confidential support service, run by women for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused.

MRC was set up in 1976 by local women as a grass roots response to the lack of appropriate services for women who had been raped or sexually abused. Today MRC continues to support women who have been raped or sexually abused, including women who have been or are involved in sex work.

MRC has a telephone helpline service, which provides advice, information and support to women and girls surviving sexual abuse. The helpline also provides a signposting service for male survivors and offers information and advice to friends, partners and other family members supporting survivors.

MRC offers a free face-to-face counselling service for women over 18 who have experienced rape or sexual abuse.

MRC also offers a weekly therapy group facilitated by trained counsellors. The therapy group is currently taking a break to review the service. Please contact MRC if you are interested in joining the group and the facilitators can talk further with you about this. 

MRC also runs a South Asian Womens Group. Further information is available from this leaflet.

MRC is based in a local women’s centre. Women who access the services of Manchester Rape Crisis can access other activities at the centre.

MRC also offers informal support and advocacy to women; for example, we are involved in supporting asylum seeking women who have experienced rape and torture in their home countries.

MRC has an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) who provides a confidential advice and support service for women who have experienced sexual violence, including childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, or rape. For more information on this service, please call Alison on 0161 273 4591

MRC is a vital charity, which aims to support, believe and listen to women who have been raped or sexually abused.


MRC has been a registered charity since 1979   [Reg. Charity No. 509771]   and is a member of the UK Rape Crisis Federation.
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