What we do

The Flying Child CIC is a non-profit, community interest company, founded by Sophie Olson – a survivor of intrafamilial CSA. The aim of the organisation is two-fold. The Flying Child Project brings lived experience into the heart of professional settings, including education, social work and healthcare. Real stories help to break down barriers and dispel myths that lead to victims of abuse being overlooked, and their normal reactions to trauma being misunderstood. 

In addition to this education and training, the organisation aims to provide peer support groups for survivors. Only when the survivor finds a way to speak, can their healing journey begin. Subject to funding, we plan to run free peer support groups for survivors of sexual abuse, including a trauma therapist facilitated programme, writing and art groups.

Extract from Radio 4’s The Last Taboo: Sophie Olson and Pat Walsh on the benefit of writing when processing trauma.

One of the organisation’s core beliefs is that we must normalise speaking out about child sexual abuse. The statistics are high, and stigma and shame still silence the majority. The Flying Child encourages non-survivors to become allies, and to start talking, helping survivors to break this taboo.

Breaking stigma is another form of prevention. It is the stigma that creates shame. Shame leads to silence and silence is the cause of the taboo. Abuse, the abused and the perpetrators hide in the shadows.

Sophie Olson

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Stay posted for the upcoming release of my own book; The Flying Child.

Girl in a gilded cage – Elise MacDonald
The Flying Child by Sophie Olson (extract from Radio 4’s The Last Taboo)

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 will 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 healing. 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.

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

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