The Flying Child challenges the stigma and shame of child sexual abuse (CSA). Breaking the silence creates space for change.

Have a read through my blog – which documents my own story of hidden abuse, the repercussions, my treacherous journey through the pitfalls of a mental health system unfit for purpose when it comes to the treatment of trauma, and most importantly of all, my recovery and quest to break down the stigma and challenge the silence surrounding child sexual abuse.

Cutting Out Campaign

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.

This years theme is “Orange the world: End violence against women now!”

In support of this annual event, the brilliant Viv Gordon has created the ‘Cutting Out’ campaign to represent the estimated 11 Million UK adult survivors of CSA. You can click HERE to read more on our own ‘Cutting Out’ page, and HERE to find Viv’s project.

The Blog

Add your own voice to The Flying Child Project: a survivor-led organisation, supporting safeguarding training and empowering even the most silent survivors of CSA to find a voice. Individually we can feel unable to influence change. Together, our voices are powerful.

Stay posted for the upcoming release of my own book; The Flying Child (A Cautionary Fairytale for Adults)

Girl in a gilded cage – Elise MacDonald

“We all deserve the opportunity to tell our story without people turning away because that truth is unpalatable” 

The Flying Child Project

For the survivor living in the shadow of abuse or its repercussions, this site may seem to be a beacon of light. Recovery from child sexual abuse is possible, regardless of how far you feel you’ve fallen, however trapped you feel in a cycle of poor mental health or addiction, however detached you feel from your sense of self. There is always a way through the shadows, even when you have lost hope entirely.

For the professional who works with survivors of CSA, this site may provide further insight into effect of trauma on that individual’s mind, body and soul, a deeper understanding of a survivor’s response to this trauma when faced with the normal trials and tribulations of everyday life.

Expressing the trauma is the key to recovery. As survivors we recognise the need to speak about what happened to us. It is hard to say the words about abhorrent acts done to our own bodies and minds, yet not speaking them is harder as they fester inside us like a cancer and we remain stuck.

The key to breaking a taboo is frank and open discussion.

We live in a culture of silence. It needs constant challenging as it’s this silence that leads to shame, stigma and taboo. Perpetrators hide behind this cultural defence mechanism, and abuse lurks in the shadows.

“The reason for evil in the world is that people are not able to tell their stories”

Carl Jung

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