We all have the power to shrink the Elephant: Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service.
Sexual Abuse is often the Elephant in the Room and PARCS have been using this as a way of consciousness raising in the local Portsmouth and Hampshire communities since The Survivors Trust first launched the concept five years ago.
Since 2016 PARCS have taken their 10ft inflatable Elephant to hundreds of events across the county including Victorious Festival and Portsmouth Pride. The Elephant in the Room also completed the Great South Run in 2018, supported round the 10-mile course by some of the PARCS team.
During the pandemic PARCS has created a new campaign #weallhavethepowertoshrinktheelephant aimed at raising consciousness of the impact of trauma and the Elephant in the Room out in our local communities during lockdown as well as highlighting how HOME is not always a safe place for survivors of sexual abuse no matter how long ago the abuse happened.
Project Catalyst – a new PARCS Activism Project for young women aged 16-24
This campaign during the pandemic has been created and designed in consultation with a group of young women aged 18-24 years as part of a new and exciting activism project at PARCS funded by Esme Fairbairn.
The young women wanted to highlight the potential impact of covid-19 on survivors of sexual abuse and the trauma that they already live with. While the focus, during this pandemic, has been on highlighting domestic abuse, although important, the group felt that an understanding of the impact of sexual violence had been lost. The posters have been created by local design student, Catherine Rowland, 19 and the campaign was launched last week on PARCS social media platforms.