Basingstoke Rape and Sexual Abuse Crisis Centre [BRASACC] was set up in 1986 to provide a support service for women who had experienced sexual assault, and initially operated from a small hut in the grounds of Basingstoke hospital. The telephone crisis line has been operational since February 1987.
In 1990 BRASACC achieved charity status and then became independent of Basingstoke Council of Community Service [now named Basingstoke Voluntary Action] on the 1st April 1992. In the 1990s we opened our service up to men as well as women, which meant withdrawing from the Rape Crisis Federation.
From 1992 to 2002 we were based at Chute House, and then moved to The Orchard, along with several other voluntary organisations. We now have enhanced disabled access to the premises, enabling more clients to make use of our services.
In May 2007 we expanded our Basingstoke service to provide counselling sessions in Thatcham, Alton and Fleet.