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‘Hear me. Believe me. Respect me.’

‘Hear me.  Believe me. Respect me.’ is the report of a survey of adult survivors of child sexual abuse and their experiences of support services.

Two  club members attended the launch of this report at University Campus Suffolk (UCS) on 28th October 2015.

The research was undertaken by University Campus Suffolk (UCS) and Survivors in Transition (SiT) (a support centre for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse based in Suffolk) with support from the Survivors Trust, as there was a severe lack of evidence about the support needs of survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) in the UK.

Speakers included: Tim Passmore, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner; Tink Palmer, CEO Marie Collins Foundation; Prof Noel Smith, UCS; Dr Graham Ritchie, Office of the Children’s Commissioner; Fiona Ellis, SiT; Kate Davies, Head of Public Health, Armed Forces and their Families and Health and Justice Commissioning NHS England; DCS Paul Sanford, Norfolk Police; Fay Maxted, Survivors Trust.

There has been much publicity lately about celebrity cases of CSA, but little or no public acknowledgement that most abuse is committed by family members or friends.

The report highlighted the inadequacy of the support available to many survivors when, perhaps years later, they summon up the courage to tell someone what happened to them.

It was a very educational and informative day to say the least.

The report is not an easy read, but certainly a worthwhile read.