Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week
Trigger warning: This contains statistics on sexual abuse and sexual violence.
If you have experienced any form of sexual assault, abuse or violence, it is not your fault, it never was your fault, and it never will be your fault. The perpetrator was and is in the wrong.
The statistics are frighteningly high and ought to change. Anyone who can see there is a power hierarchy within genders in our society will be screaming at the screen that it's because of the patriarchy. I want to relay some stats on Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence, there not easy to digest.
1 in 5 women aged 16 - 59 have experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 16 according to ONS reports.
3 out of 4 of all adult service users of Rape Crisis Centres contacted Rape Crisis about sexual violence that took place at least 12 months earlier; 42% were adult survivors of child sexual abuse.
Every week in the UK 2 women are killed, at the hands of a partner or ex-partner, according to ONS (2016).
I will say this again. Loud and clear. If you have experienced any form of sexual assault, abuse or violence, it is not your fault, it never was your fault, and it never will be your fault. The perpetrator was and is in the wrong.
Below you'll find some services available, and some charities that would love support and volunteers.
If you need help, there are some (UK) services available:
All have safety buttons that will exit you off the site if you need to, unless stated.
If you need urgent medical care contact 999 or 112 .
0808 802 9999
Contact between 12 noon - 2.30pm and 7 - 9.30pm every day of the year for confidential support and/or information about your nearest services.
They have 130 UK & Ireland member organisations listed. Each one of them providing specialist support for women, men & children who have survived rape, sexual violence or rape or other sexual abuse as children.
0808 2000 247
Freephone 24 hr National Domestic Violence Helpline Run in partnership between Women’s Aid & Refuge
(This doesn't have a quick safe exit button on site)
If you're under 18 and have been abused or assualted, then call Child Line on 0800 1111
If you're concerned about a young person contact 0808 800 5000
If you want to support a charity or organisation:
Using drama in schools and youth groups, to prevent domestic violence and to teach young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships.
EVAW is a leading coalition of specialist women’s support services, researchers, activists, survivors and NGOs working to end violence against women and girls in all its forms.
Refuge is committed to a world where domestic violence and violence against women and girls is not tolerated and where women and children can live in safety.