This organisation was set up in 2019 to provide support to merchant seafarers who have experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment or sex discrimination on board.
These experiences can be hard to talk about, even within the supportive environment provided by existing seafarer welfare and support organisations. While we have made progress in discussing bullying and harassment within the Merchant Navy, it remains difficult to find a safe space to talk about assault and rape.
We aim to create that safe space, provide information and signpost to suitable welfare charities globally and locally. We are working with seafarers, employers and organisations to build a network of support.
We are currently conducting a survey to get feedback from seafarers, in order to understand how we should develop support services. Dependent on the feedback received, our intention is to register Safer Waves as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, and build our own specialised support services.