Why this Theraputic Service

Have you been sexually abused? Would you like to talk to someone who understands?

We are a service that works with children and young people who have been sexually abused. Once the Police or a Social Worker has been told about what has happened to you, we can offer you a safe space where you can unravel your thoughts and fears with a person who respects your confidentiality and who will not be shocked or upset by what they hear. We will help teach you how to cope with the effects of the abuse to make you a stronger person who can go forward to a much happier and more positive life.

Q: What is sexual abuse?

A: Whenever a child or young person is groomed, tricked, bribed, forced, or threatened into taking part in or witnessing any sexual behaviours, it is Child Sexual Abuse.

Q: Why do I need a specialist to talk to?

A: Anyone who has had this type of experience deserves special attention to help them deal with the confused and painful feelings this has caused. Sexually Abused children often feel alone and mistakenly feel they are to blame this makes it extremely hard for them to get their feelings sorted out all by themselves. Specialists can help your life get better; they can help you get your life back on track.

Q: Why can’t I just talk to my friends and family?

A: It’s great to have friends to talk to but they may not understand how personal this information is and feel the need to talk to others about it. Your family may find it difficult and upsetting to listen to. Your specialist is different from your friends and family as they have talked with many young people who have been abused. They will have answers to your questions and will make your session private and confidential in order to keep your thoughts and feelings safe.

Q: But I’d rather not talk at all…

A: And that’s how you may have coped for a long time but it does not go away. Because you may have never really talked about it, the relief you might feel by letting it all out with your specialist might help you understand your feelings and stop some of the bad feelings (like memories of the abuse, not being able to sleep, feeling angry). Remember it will take time and talking about the abuse may help make life less confusing, lonely, and painful.

Q: What should this therapeutic service feel like?

A: This therapeutic service should feel safe; you will be able to say or feel anything and the specialists will be able to handle it. They will not be embarrassed, surprised, or shocked. But feeling safe is not always the same as feeling comfortable. You might feel uncomfortable sometimes, or even dread going to therapy because it could be hard, but even then, you will be safe. It is important to understand that sometimes you will feel worse before you feel better. Your specialist will really listen and pay attention to you. As specialists, we’ll help you with the feelings you have about the abuse. You can ask questions you may not have wanted to ask your friends or family. Your specialist should be able to answer these questions. After a short time therapy will probably be a place you look forward to going to.