Silence_SurvivorsUK

Michael Jackson – the controversy continues

So a new controversy regarding child sexual abuse hits our headlines, once again taking us to places which are uncomfortable, destabilising and unsettling. In the face of these difficult feelings we are often drawn to take rigid positions and, as so often in such matters, we end up in split camps spitting venom in a […]

Asia Argento allegations_SurvivorsUK

Women who support the #MeToo movement must take sexual assault accusations against Asia Argento just as seriously

The #MeToo movement has shed light on a damaging culture of sexual abuse within the entertainment industry, and allowed for a wider conversation about sexual abuse encountered day-to-day. Dozens of women spoke out about being abused by Harvey Weinstein, many of them emboldened by Asia Argento, who spearheaded the movement. So it was hard to […]

Suicide

What can we do to prevent suicide?

There are some sobering statistics published by The Samaritans about the suicide rates in the UK: 6,188 suicides were registered in the UK and 451 in the Republic of Ireland. The highest suicide rate in the UK was for men aged 40–44. Rates have increased in the UK by 3.8% Male rates remain consistently higher […]

Sexually abused children denied compensation

The impact of being refused criminal compensation after surviving sexual abuse or assault

After reading coverage of the government rejecting compensation claims for people abused as children, I would like to raise questions about the potentially retraumatizing impact of being refused criminal compensation after surviving sexual abuse or assault. Criminal compensation in general can be a very thorny subject but when sexual abuse is the crime for which […]

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