is crucially important in a project such as ours. We keep minimum
records for statistical purposes and operate an Open Access Policy.
What We Offer
These are given to all new referrals. It enables
us to discuss with survivors what the project provides and enables
them to choose which service best suits them.
Group work is an important aspect of Break
the Silence and offers many advantages in the healing process.
The sense of isolation can be broken down by sharing and contact
with others who have similar experiences and the support of others
can also help individuals face the reality of what has happened.
Many survivors find it helps to share their experiences with other
survivors in a group setting. There will be separate groups for
male and female survivors.
One to One Support
Offering a safe environment for individuals
enabling exploration of loss, grief, anger and the emotional impact
that childhood sexual abuse has had on their lives.
The project has a selection of books covering
a range of issues relating to sexual abuse. This resource is available
to survivors, their partners and professionals working alongside
Staff and volunteers are always on hand to
offer support if required, or just chat, within an informal setting
with refreshments provided.
Some Issues for Survivors
Memories of abusive experiences often return
in the form of flashbacks. They can be frightening and can happen
at any time. They can be triggered by current experiences that
remind you of the abuse. Flashbacks can also be triggered by present
situations which seem totally unrelated. Many survivors feel they
are "going mad" when flashbacks occur and may resort
to self-harming behaviour. It is important to remind yourself
that you are safe.
Self-harming behaviour is very common in survivors,
particularly when they feel unable to express feeling such as
rage, guilt, sadness or when they are remembering details of the
sexual abuse. Healing from the effects of sexual abuse often involves
painful and difficult memories resurfacing. Break the Silence
will allow you to look at past coping mechanisms and enable you
to find less harmful ways of dealing with your pain.