Fran Henry, a survivor of child sexual abuse in her family in the USA, recognised how vital it was for the problem of child sexual abuse not to remain hidden, nor to be seen as something only professionals could do anything about.
Fran founded Stop It Now! (USA) with the aim of giving all adults access to a safe and confidential place in which to discuss their concerns and receive the advice and support needed to keep children safe. They established a helpline to provide such a place for adults, including for those who had abused or were at risk of abusing.
Since 2002, led by the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, Stop It Now! UK & Ireland has built on this visionary concept. By December 2010 our helpline had provided information, support and advice to nearly 8,000 callers.
We continue to work with Stop It Now! (USA) as well as with other children’s charities, survivor organisations, statutory agencies and government departments across the UK and Ireland. These alliances are crucial not only to the credibility and effectiveness of the helpline, but to the underpinning campaigning work of Stop It Now! at local, regional and national levels.