On-street sex working women are one of the most marginalised and overlooked groups in the homeless population. Across the UK there are some, but not many, services that exists with specialist support to meet this group’s needs. There is little specialist accommodation suitable for their needs, and it can be tricky to understand the nature … Continue reading Why Sex Work? – Homelessness in Prostitution
We’d like to say we work alongside women to change their lives around! We recognise a lot of what we do is hard to reduce down to facts and figures. Last year (2019), the Rahab Outreach teams were able to: Meet with 45 different women on the streets of Reading through our evening outreaches, Have … Continue reading What Difference does Rahab make?
One of the biggest discussions surrounding prostitution in the Developed world is criminalisation vs decriminalisation. To help you understand the debate, in this post we’ve collated a brief overview of what the key approaches are and what they mean: Full Criminalisation The first main approach is known as full criminalisation. This is an approach used … Continue reading Decrim – what does it mean?
Everyone wants to know their worth, and that their life has value. This is true no matter the circumstance they may find themselves in. Our Rahab staff and lovely volunteers go out on the streets to meet with women who are vulnerable and exploited on “their turf”. Week after week the Rahab outreach teams aim … Continue reading Give a Gift, Change a Life
Today we’re launching our new logo, and we’re refreshing Rahab in general. Our old logo was lovely, so you might be wondering why we’ve evolved it, so we’re here we are to explain why we decided to evolve it. Firstly, we haven’t just changed our look for the sake of it. We know the change … Continue reading Say Hello To Our New Logo!
You may have read our post from the beginning of this month about why it’s important to support those in the sex industry (if not, click the link!). Rahab is a small local organisation that is based in Reading. Here, we primarily support women involved in survival sex work. This is an extremely vulnerable part … Continue reading What Does Supporting Rahab Look Like?
You might be wondering what an organisation like Rahab, who supports and advocates for individuals who are involved in the commercial sex industry do on a week-to-week basis? At Rahab, the simple answer is no week looks the same. Our clients are our first priority, so we adapt our time to suit their needs and facilitate … Continue reading What Does Rahab Do?
We can all understand the reason organisations exist which are dedicated to supporting and caring for people who have been trafficked, and they’re so important. It’s also important to discuss why organisations like Rahab exist. In our case, our staff and volunteers dedicate time and energy into caring for and supporting prostituted women, some of … Continue reading Why Support those in the Sex Industry?
Our society promotes sexual objectification through the wide availability of porn, and the well known marketing phrase of “sex sells”. This toleration of sexual exploitation is even affecting the lives of young people, including young people taking naked or semi-naked photos of themselves. Young girls at school are wearing shorts under their school skirts in … Continue reading Why Sex Work? – Is Commercial Sex Normal?
* Client’s name has been changed for safety and privacy reasons. Here at Rahab, we care about our clients. Every client we meet is different. While there are similarities within their severe and multiple disadvantaged situations, each of our clients have different timescales for their support needs. As the only service in Reading to be … Continue reading Georgia*’s Story