This week is Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week. We’re taking part in the conversation by sharing links to organisations and services that can help victims or those worried about people that are suffering.
The aim of the week is to raise awareness and open up some difficult and painful conversations about sexual abuse and violence. For everyone who has been affected the key message is ‘you aren’t alone’ and there are lots of places that can offer support and help.
The campaign is sending out a clear message that people ARE talking about sexual abuse and sexual violence. More people are recognising and reporting sexual abuse and violence, and this in turn leads to more convictions. The more we talk about these issues, the less power abusers have to control victims through shame and silence.
Those who are suffering, whether they believe themselves to be a victim or not, are not just those who are experiencing abuse and violence right now. They could have suffered sexual abuse or violence as a child and this is still having an affect on them in their adult life.
Victims and survivors need to know and understand that they can take action, get help and support. They can share experiences to help each other. Twitter users can use the #itsnotok hashtag this week to share their views. This is the message of this year’s campaign. It’s never ok and hopefully with more awareness more sufferers will look for support. You can do your part too. Share this article and the links below with anyone you think might be in need of support, you may not even know they need it.
If you are a victim or a survivor of sexual violence there are lots of services out there that can support you. Here are just a few of them:
Live Fear Free is a Welsh Government service. They provide information and advice for those suffering with violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.
They also have a helpline on 0808 8010 800 or a live chat service on their website.
Help if you or someone you know has experienced rape, child sexual abuse and/or any kind of sexual violence.
Freephone helpline: 0808 802 9999
Helpline for victims of sexual exploitation and enslavement. Call 0300 3038151, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Information about child sexual abuse and how to identify it and support a child who is a victim. If you’re worried about a child call 0808 800 5000, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
There is also information on Child sexual exploitation on the NSPCC website which is a type of sexual abuse.
Providing counselling to support male survivors of sexual abuse, assault or rape as an adult or if they suffered as a child. They offer online chat on their website or you can text on 020 3322 1860 or Whatsapp on 07491 816 064.
They support adults who suffered sexual abuse as a child. Call their support line free on 0808 801 0331 or e-mail through their website.
Family Point Helpline
If you feel you need to talk to someone about this issue or any other problems your family is having then call our advisors on the FamilyPoint Cymru helpline. The helpline is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. They can help you to find organisations that can help.