As the UK’s ‘Fourth Estate’ has recently brought to light allegations of sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults, Contemporary Psychotherapy is mindful of other, perhaps unheard, survivors of similar acts of violence against the self. Therefore, it maybe worth revisiting what we already know about this topic, or find out more about it; there are numerous agencies that exist for survivors and for those who may be being bullied. Here are a few:
Childline offers a free-of-charge telephone service for all children and young people who need help to escape sexual abuse, to understand more about it and get help from a trained counsellor.
The Lucy Faithful Foundation whose purpose is to safeguard children and young people from sexual abuse by preventing it and responding to it.
The Havens can help men and women, young people and children deal with and recover from the emotional and physical effects of rape or sexual assault.
Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre an independent organisation based in Croydon, South London offering professional support to survivors of sexual violence
Stop It Now! UK and Ireland is a child sexual abuse prevention campaign supporting adults to play their part in prevention through providing sound information, educating members of the public, training those who work with children and families and running a free-phone confidential helpline.
Australian Institute of Family Studies conducts research and communicates findings that affect family wellbeing to policy makers, service providers and the broader community.
Professionals seeking guidance for supporting survivors, training for women’s aid and information about forced marriage and rape in marriage can be found at (click):
Families without Fear
The project works psychotherapeutically with both perpetrators and survivors of domestic violence with the aim of effecting long-term change.
WORKING WITH REFUGEES
Many of us work with refugees but know little about their lives and difficulties, even though we may live amongst them.
Refugees International offers assistance for displaced people globally and internships for those wishing to combine a degree with working with
people who have suffered exile or displacement from their homes.
The Refugee Council provides a telephone line for advice on asylum processes, voluntary work in the UK and information about their campaigns.
The Mapesbury Clinic for People in Exile offers refugees and asylum seekers culturally and linguistically appropriate counselling and psychotherapy services. Counsellors are from different cultures and backgrounds; many have been refugees themselves.