The One With the List of Organisations
Here are some of the organisations which offer support for rape and sexual abuse victims:
NAPAC (the National Association for People Abused in Childhood) offers support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect. Support line : 0808 801 0331
The Survivors Trust is a UK network of support organisations for survivors of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse. It offers extensive information resources plus details of your local specialist support. The trust has over 140 member agencies which provide support for women, men and children who are survivors of rape, sexual violence or childhood sexual abuse. For support, advice and information, you can contact them on Tel: 0808 801 0818
HAVOCA (Help for Adult Victims of Child Abuse)
HAVOCA provides information to any adult who is suffering from past childhood abuse. Website includes survivors’ forum.
Telephone counselling for survivors of sexual abuse and those supporting survivors. Also offers face-to-face counselling and art therapy groups in West Sussex.
Adult helpline: 0844 847 7879
Under 18s helpline: 0808 802 0808
One in four
One in Four is an Advocacy service, counselling service (available over skype and in several languages) and information for people who have experienced sexual abuse.
The Lantern Project
Help and support for survivors of sexual abuse. Information library on website, and survivors’ online forum.
Sexual abuse – support for women
CIS’ters (Childhood Incest Survivors)
PO Box 119, Eastleigh SO50 92F
tel: 023 8033 8080
Provides help and support for adult women who suffered incest as a child. Organises workshops and conferences to raise awareness on the issues surrounding incest, particularly mental distress.
Rape crisis lists local organisations throughout England and Wales with contact details, services offered and opening times. Services are available to women who have been sexually abused at any time in their lives. National Freephone helpline: 0808 802 9999 (12–12.30 pm, 7pm–9.30pm every day, plus 3pm–5.30pm weekdays)
Sexual abuse – support for men
Mankind provides one-to-one counselling, therapeutic groups and couple counselling to men (age 18+) who have experienced sexual abuse at any time in their lives. Tel: 01273 911 680
Survivors UK offer support for men who have been raped or sexually abused. They also provide webchat, face-to-face counselling and support groups in the London area. Contact: 020 3598 3898 (Opening hours: Mon to Fri: 10.30am to 9pm, Sat to Sun: 10am to 6pm.)
Sexual abuse – support for non-abusive parents and carers of children who have been sexually abused
Mosac is a voluntary organisation supporting non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused, providing support, advice, information and counselling following the discovery of sexual abuse. Helpline: 0800 980 1958
Support to prevent sexual abuse of children
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation offers a range of services for individuals and families looking for help, advice, support and intervention with regard to issues surrounding child sexual abuse.
Stop it Now!
Confidential freephone helpline for people struggling with sexual thoughts and behaviours towards children. Also supports anyone with a concern, including the parents and carers of children and young people with worrying sexual behaviour, and friends and family worried about the behaviour of another adult. Helpline: 0808 1000 900 (Mon to Thurs: 9am to 9pm; Fri: 9am to 7pm) & email support (confidential): firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, don’t forget the Samaritans. They are available 24/7, 365 days a year. You can call them for free anytime, in confidential, if you need to talk. In my many moments of despair and crisis, I have reached out to them and they have been amazing. At first, I didn’t feel right calling them because I thought you had to be suicidal to call, but they are there to listen to everyone.
These are just some of the organisations out there that support survivors of childhood sexual abuse. As I find out more, I’ll add them to my resources’ page.
I hope they help.