Have you been sexually harmed or abused?
Do you need help?
If you suffered abuse as a child or you are a young person currently suffering abuse, help is available.
You can ring our Freephone confidential helpline on 0808 1000 900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for advice, support and information of organisations that can help you. You could also contact one of the following organisations:
- Children and young people needing help can phone Childline on 0800 11 11 or visit www.childline.org.uk
- Adults needing advice can phone The Survivors Trust on 01788 550554 (email@example.com) or visit www.thesurvivorstrust.org
- The National Association for People Abused in Childhood's helpline is: 0800 085 3330 or visit www.napac.org.uk
- The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy provides a list of counsellors, psychotherapists and professional bodies offering therapy. www.bacp.co.uk
- Lifecentre is a UK based charity that supports survivors of rape & sexual abuse. It offers a national helpline and a counselling team based in Sussex, England. Visit http://www.lifecentre.uk.com/index.html for more information.
- The Blast project is a the UK’s leading male only sexual exploitation project supporting and advocating for boys and young men. They deliver 1.1 emotional and practical support, group work in educational settings, and training and support for professionals. They also offer an anonymous reporting mechanism on their website for anyone concerned about a boy being sexually exploited (see http://mesmac.co.uk/report-now) in addition to online and phone support. Face to face is available in Leeds and Bradford and other services are available nationally. More information is available on their website. http://mesmac.co.uk/blast
Many people suffer the effects of child sexual abuse in silence and never tell anyone about it during childhood. Many keep their abuse secret forever. Sadly, the impact of abuse may strike at any time and it is important that help is available when people need it.
One in six children suffer some form of sexual abuse before the age of 16 and more than 80% of those who are sexually abused know their abusers and often have an emotional closeness to and dependency on them which makes it difficult to tell.
Some feel guilty and responsible for what happened and think they should have stopped it. Abuse is NEVER the fault of the child victim.
Call the Stop it Now! Freephone, confidential helpline on 0808 1000 900 for advice, support and information.
Our telephone Helpline offers a confidential service for people seeking advice and support. This means that when you call us you do not have to give any identifying information such as address, telephone number or last name.
However, if you do give us identifying information and we are concerned that a child is at risk or a criminal offence has been committed which the police may not be aware of, we will have to pass on that information to the appropriate agencies. This includes email contact. Please do not email telephone numbers as we cannot make outgoing calls. In addition, providing a telephone number would constitute identifying information.
If you email us on firstname.lastname@example.org, your email address will not be displayed to preserve confidentiality. Please do not include your name in your email. Our email service is not able to offer an immediate response due to high demand. We aim to respond to emails within 3-5 working days. If your enquiry is urgent please call the confidential Helpline - 0808 1000 900.