By Sophie Olson
Three words that epitomise a problem survivor activists face as individuals trying to break down barriers, and make a positive change to the lives of both child victims and adult survivors of Child Sexual Abuse.
It’s easy for me to stand in front of strangers and say the relevant words, but when it’s to someone I know, it takes a different sort of strength. I know what it risks. I’m tired of the ignorant reactions and know the likelihood of receiving one is high.
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Thanks to an incredible three years of funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, The Flying Child is delighted to be launching our very first therapist-led peer support group for survivors of child sexual abuse (CSA) in March 2023. With an estimated 11 Million survivors (1 in 6) in the UK, we know there are many in need of support, and we are so proud to say that our first 12-week group, taking place at The Lighthouse in Woking, is nearly full.
There has been such a huge response so far and, when full, we will be opening a waiting list for a second group later in the year. So, if you are a survivor of CSA and you would value being part of a support group with a trauma-informed approach and co-facilitated by a lived experience support worker, please do register your interest by visiting the peer support page on our website, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we will keep you updated on forthcoming group plans and dates.
In addition to the 12 week programme, we are also facilitating online and in-person creative groups for survivors, providing the unique opportunity to express trauma through art and writing, meet other survivors and build networks in a supportive space. We are now taking names for our next available creative groups including our nine-week, in-person art groups, set to run from February 2023 onwards, and our six-week virtual writing groups, which will be starting in January 2023. Our aim is to provide a supportive space for people who have experienced Child Sexual Abuse. When we have the opportunity to make connections within the survivor community we reduce feelings of isolation, recognise the value of our own voice and begin to accept that CSA is not our shame to carry.
If you are interested in taking part in any of our creative groups – please contact us at email@example.com or, for more information on The Flying Child please visit our website.
By Sophie Olson
A survivor’s view on the debate between trauma and mental illness
Some people with underlying trauma will be misdiagnosed. I believe it happened to me and I’ve seen it happen to others. I’ve also seen for myself the devastation of untreated mental illness, the way it impacts on family and the miracle that happens when that person emerges from the depths of despair to claim back the life they lost.
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