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Child Sex Abuse

Sexual abuse of children or young people involves any sexual activity with a child under the age of 16. This can include rape, oral sex, intimate touching or inviting intimate touching; forcing children to watch/take part in pornography...the list goes on. This abuse can start at any age and can continue into adulthood, most often the perpetrator is known to the child either within the family or as a close family friend or neighbour.

Childhood sexual abuse is a hidden, secretive thing which often includes emotional and physical abuse. Children are never in a position to stop the abuse by themselves; they are never the ones with the power. Sometimes they are too afraid to tell anyone for fear of reprisals or simply do not have the language to speak about what is happening to them.

You may have been living with the effects of childhood sexual abuse for a long time and may feel as though you can never “get past” those feelings. Everyone who comes to us is at a different stage in their recovery and, since there is no set way of dealing with these effects, there can be no right time or way in which to deal with them.

We offer you, and your family or friends if required, support, belief and encouragement in order to help you regain control of your life. You are the expert, you will make all the decisions and we can help you to do that.

We can help you to work through misplaced feelings of blame, shame and anger. By working with one of our specialist Support Workers, we can help you to start to regain control of your life.

We can never change what has happened in the past but we can help you to change your future.

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