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Resources in Swindon

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Sexual Abuse

The Extent of Childhood Sexual Abuse

It is estimated that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused. In more than three quarters of cases the abuse is committed by an adult the child knows and trusts. The vast majority of abusers are men but women are also capable of sexual abuse. Childhood Sexual Abuse is any type of sexual assault of a child under 16.Sexual abuse takes many forms: explicit sexual talk; showing pornography; sexual touching; lack of privacy to bathe or undress; masturbation and sexual intercourse.


Why Do Children Stay Silent?

Children may not speak out while the abuse is going on for many reasons:


They may have been threatened with further abuse and violence if they tell


They may be afraid that no-one will believe them.


They may feel partly or entirely to blame for the abuse.


They may not be able to describe or understand what has happened to them


They may want to protect the family or even the abuser(s), who could be either male or female

Children often feel powerless to stop the abuse. A child cannot be responsible for consenting to an act they did not understand or which they were forced into. The abuser is always to blame for the abuse. No matter how long ago you were abused, your feelings about what happened to you are important. You have the right to be listened to, no matter what you want to say. Through speaking about your abuse you may be able to overcome any difficulties that you experience as an adult.

Being sexually abused as a child, the adult survivor may lose...


Self confidence, self esteem and self respect


Hope, freedom and dignity


Physical and mental health


The ability to trust people


The ability to relax and enjoy life


Their childhood

Adult survivors may cope with their past abuse by...


Alcohol and drug misuse


Obsessive behaviour and strict routines


Self harming e.g. cutting, scratching or burning


Forgetting or minimising the abuse


Turning to God/Religion


Breaking ties with, or confronting, the abuser


Speaking about it and receiving support


Fighting back e.g. speaking publicly or helping other survivors


Working to protect children from abuse


Writing about abuse

A lot of survivors feel the need to speak to someone about the effects abuse has had on their lives. Your feelings are as individual as you are, no two survivors will feel exactly the same. Talking to someone can help the healing process

If you would like to discuss any of the mental health issues raised on this page or find out how counselling might help please contact me.



A voluntary association offering help for female and male survivors of childhood sexual abuse offering counselling, support groups and befriending. Volunteer training and workshops are also available.



The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)

Supports adults who were abused in childhood. Also has excellent resources to for family members supporting survivors of abuse.



The Survivors Trust

A national umbrella agency for voluntary sector agencies, providing a range of counselling, therapeutic and support services working with women, men and children who are victims/survivors of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse. Provides contact details of support services within the UK and Eire.



Trauma & Abuse Support Centre

provide a UK web-based resource for survivors of the whole spectrum of child sexual abuse (including extreme and ritual abuse) and for anyone involved in supporting them, including family, friends, therapists and churches.  On this website you will find resources such as articles, links to other organisations and sites, a therapist search facility, and training updates.



Survivors UK

For over twenty years, we've been providing information, support and counselling for men who have been raped or sexually abused. Thousands of men contact us each year.



Help for Adult Victims of Child Abuse (HAVOCA)

We are a voluntary organization established to provide help, support and guidance to adult victims of child abuse.  The website has been designed to provide a road map for the recovery process including real stories submitted by our readers as well as advice for the long and difficult healing journey ahead



One in Four (UK)

One in Four offers a voice to and support for people who have experienced sexual abuse and sexual violence. Research has consistently shown that one in four children will experience sexual abuse before the age of 18.



First Person Plural

First Person Plural is a small UK-wide registered charity led by abuse survivors with first hand experience of complex dissociative distress. We are a membership association open to dissociative survivors, their friends, family & professional allies and anyone with an interest in dissociation who wishes to support our work.




Help and support for all non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused. Services offered include: advocacy, information and advice, befriending, counselling, play therapy and support groups following alleged child sexual abuse.




We are a national charity supporting people with learning disabilities and other vulnerable people who have experienced crime or abuse. We also support their families, carers and professional workers



Victim Support

We are the national charity giving free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family, friends and anyone else affected across England and Wales. We also speak out as a national voice for victims and witnesses and campaign for change.




Mind helps people take control of their mental health. We do this by providing high-quality information and advice, and campaigning to promote and protect good mental health for everyone. How can we help you


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In this section you will find a selection of leaflets you can download or print.

Leaflet from Counselling Directory

Self help leaflet from NHS Northumberland

Local Resources in Swindon

Breaking Free

Breaking free is a female support project set up by a group of female survivors who are qualified and trained therapists. The project aims to offer support to females over the age of 18 who have experienced any or all forms of trauma due to emotional, mental, physical, sexual abuse and rape from childhood to now .




Provides a service to adult male survivors of sexual abuse.  It offers two support groups, providing a unique therapy experience to non offending adult male survivors, who were either sexually abused as a child or adult.



The New Swindon Sanctuary

The New Swindon Sanctuary is a dedicated centre to support victims of sexual assault throughout Wiltshire, whether they be men, women or children. Our trained professionals can provide immediate medical care, a forensic examination, counselling and onward referral. Our service is available, whether or not you wish to have Police involvement.



Revival Support Service

Revival Support Services' purpose is to promote and protect the mental health of adults who have survived rape and/or sexual abuse at any time in their lives, their partners and children, primarily but not exclusively in Wiltshire, through the provision of a counselling, support, information and advice service.



Swindon Samaritans

Swindon and District Samaritans has been offering emotional support to those in crisis for more than 40 years. You can call or email 24hrs a day.



Swindon MIND

Local branch of the national charity providing support, resources and drop-in sessions.




This information was put together by Swindon Counsellor and Psychotherapist Andrew Cornick. If you would like to find out how counselling might help you please contact me at any time.


Tel:      01793 710252

Mobile: 07732 570346

Please email me

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