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our story

GINA is a social enterprise offering unparalleled opportunities for individuals subjected to sexual violence & abuse to: Grow, Inspire, Nurture and Achieve. when you support GINA, you help to create a future where individuals subjected to sexual trauma can thrive &live the life they desire.

GINA was established after our Founder, Lisa Thompson, discovered that her much loved grandmother, Nana Gina, was raped as a teenager & had kept this secret for nearly 70 years, only disclosing shortly before she died. Lisa named GINA after her Nana to leave a positive legacy for her & for other individuals like her. Lisa vowed that GINA would create opportunities for individuals subjected to sexual violence & abuse to Grow, Inspire, Nurture and Achieve, to encourage people to believe in themselves, their resourcefulness & their potential.

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GINA is not a charity – there are already incredible charities out there, providing much needed & valuable services. GINA offers something different & collaborates with survivors in the development of resources, products & events. at the heart of GINA’s philosophy is the belief that everyone, with the right compassionate support & opportunities, can move beyond surviving to thriving after trauma.

 

there is no equivalent private specialist rape crisis organisation. GINA is the only private specialist support provider in the UK offering services to individuals who have been subjected to sexual trauma.

just as Lisa’s Nana Gina inspired her to do more for individuals subjected to sexual violence & abuse, she hopes that you too will be inspired by GINA’s work and commit to creating a world where no one feels unable to speak out.

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our use of language

no matter what anyone tells you, YOU get to choose the language you want to describe you & what you have been subjected to. Don't like the word 'survivor'? Does 'victim' feel more appropriate? Or do you not want to identify at all as any of these terms? that's okay. it can be an empowering experience choosing the language you use for yourself & it can be empowering to change that language whenever you want to. 

explore our use of language at GINA HQ. 

meet our sister

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rape and sexual violence project (RSVP)

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the profits raised through GINA are donated to Rape & Sexual Violence Project (RSVP), a large, specialist sexual violence & abuse charity established in 1978, operating across Birmingham and Solihull in the West Midlands. every penny you spend through GINA will help to make a sustainable future for RSVP and create positive legacies for the individuals who access their services.

 

through the provision of services, activities & resources, GINA generates profit which will be used both for RSVP & for the development of more GINA services, products & resources which benefit individuals & their supporters. profits raised through GINA's private services are donated to RSVP to help fund free services for individuals who need them.

mission possible

our vision

a world revolving with hope & compassion to hold individuals subjected to sexual violence & abuse in their truth & embrace individuals in living into their power.

our mission

to step into shared power, in celebration of individuality, rebellion & connection to support all subjected to sexual violence & abuse in living hopeful futures; while challenging beliefs, attitudes & systems that threaten such futures.

our social mission

uniting in lived experience to enhance a compassionate, curious & tailored approach to support for individuals subjected to sexual violence & abuse everywhere.

our past activities

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our running group

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policies & procedures

all staff & volunteers at GINA HQ adhere to policies & procedures that ensure the quality, safety & consistency of our services, products, resources & activities. 

the following policies are available on request by emailing hello@gina.uk.com

  • Adult Safeguarding Policy

  • Child Safeguarding Policy

  • Equal Opportunities Policy

  • Complaints Policy

  • Data Protection Policy

  • Recruitment Policy

  • Training & Development Policy

  • Whistleblowing Policy

  • Privacy Policy