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30 Years of Supporting Survivors

2019 is CARA's 30th year supporting victims and survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse.

To mark this milestone, we have some exciting events taking place across the year.  Some are organised by CARA and others by our amazing service-users and supporters.  We would love you to come along and join us!


Scheduled events below.  Please check this page regularly for new events:


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Turning Essex Purple for Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week

Monday 4th February - Sunday 10th February

With the help of councils and organisations across the county, we turned key buildings around North and Mid Essex purple for the duration of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week. The action was accompanied by press and publicity to raise awareness of sexual violence and CARA's work providing specialist support to victims and survivors.  

Colchester Town Hall, Clacton Pier and Clacton Town Hall



Supporter event 

Rock Against Abuse

Saturday 23rd February, 7.00pm - 11.30pm

Three amazing rock bands supporting with passion, standing together to raise money helping victims and survivors of abuse.

Fairycroft House, Media and Arts Centre, 37 Audley Road, Saffron Walden
Poster here


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Sara Pascoe and Friends 

Tuesday 7th May - 7:30pm 

Sara Pascoe and Friends provided a night of comedy and laughter to support CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse) and raise money in their 30th year supporting victims and survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse.

Mercury Theatre, Colchester. 









Supporter event

Running an ultramarathon for CARA!

Saturday 13th July

The amazing Scott is running an Ultramarathon (that's 100km!!) for CARA.

Please sponsor him if you can! 












Supporter event

Climbing O2!

Friday 23rd August

The fantastic CARA social group, along with CARA staff and supporters will be climbing O2!

Please support them in this amazing activity if you can!



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CARA Conference - Sexual Violence and Child Sexual Abuse:  Changing the culture by listening to survivors

Wednesday 16th October 2019

Join us for our second specialist sexual violence and child sexual abuse conference.  This year's conference is dedicated to changing the culture by listening to survivors. Primarily aimed at frontline professionals, the conference will include the following presentations:

- Report to court: how the criminal justice system fails rape victims and how we can challenge it, Harriet Wistrich, Founding Director, Centre for Women’s Justice

- Are children’s voices being heard? Responses to CSA allegations among family courts and child protection professionals, Dr Ravi K. Thiara, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick

- Using lived experiences of violence to exact change within communities, Molly Ackhurst, Kelsey Mohamed and Katie Spark, Hollaback London


Sexual Violence and Child Sexual Abuse: Changing the Culture by Listening to Survivors. Wednesday 16th October, 9.30am-4pm, Firstsite Gallery, Colchester.


More information and tickets here:


Supporter event

Moving Image showing of the Tale

Tuesday 29th October 2019, William Loveless Hall, High Street, Wivenhoe CO7 9AB

This is a FREE EVENT - with a collection for CARA at the end of the showing.

More details here


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Reclaim the Night March 2019

Saturday 16th November 2019, Meet at Firstsite at 5.45pm

We will take to the streets to say NO to sexual violence.   Open to the whole community, the march will be full of colour, light and noise!  The march will be led by a self-defining women-only block, followed by a mixed block open to all genders.   BRING YOUR BANNERS, LIGHTS, FRIENDS AND MAKE SOME NOISE!


Supporter event

Christmas Fayre

Sunday 17th November 2019, 2.30-4.30pm. Straight Road Community Centre, Colchester 

A Christmas Fayre to raise money for CARA and Cancer Research UK. There will be a cake stall, bric-a-brac, tombola, raffle, refreshments and reindeer food! 


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