Rebuilding lives after sexual trauma

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It’s tough to talk about sexual trauma. As a survivor, you can start your journey now to manage your trauma. We are available during Covid19.

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Survive’s vision is for all who have experienced rape, sexual assault as adults or child sexual abuse to have access to the charity’s highly-valued services.

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Help survivors rebuild lives after sexual trauma.

Survive’s mission is to help survivors rebuild their lives, relationships and reach their potential by delivering specialist services.

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Speaking out for survivors of sexual trauma

The team at Survive knows the devastating impact sexual trauma can have on a person, their relationships and their ability to reach their potential. As the voice of survivors, we will challenge myths about sexual abuse. We will strive to raise awareness in all communities of the signs, prevalence and impact of sexual trauma including that which occurs between those who are or have been intimate partners. We will educate those in authority, in communities and in institutions to help them understand the pain of sexual trauma so that they put survivor support and care high on their agendas.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) was established as a statutory inquiry on 12 March 2015 to consider the growing evidence of institutional failures to protect children from child sexual abuse, and to make recommendations to ensure the best possible protection for children in future. As part of Survive’s response to the IICSA investigations into institutional responses to child sexual abuse and exploitation within the context of religious organisations and settings, we have:

  • Written to all faith-based churches and organisations in North Yorkshire and asked them to promote Survive services and requested a donation to our charity
  • Signed contracts with the Ampleforth Trust and the Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough to enable those who experienced sexual abuse within those respective settings to contact Survive direct for counselling support. We will not share names of survivors with these institutions; we will only provide non-identifiable aggregated data to enable us to receive payment for our services.

We are currently developing a training package to educate those in authority, in communities and in institutions to help them understand the pain and long-term impact of sexual trauma.

Our survivor stories

These personalised accounts – using different names to protect the identity of survivors – show how Survive helps survivors of rape, sexual assault or child sexual abuse rebuild their lives, relationships and reach their potential by delivering specialist services.

THE SURVIVOR - JANE

I was referred to Survive by my mental health social worker. I had become too ill to work.

Read Jane's story

THE SURVIVOR - SUSAN

I enjoyed my work with my church. As a lady in my 70s, I also enjoyed the compliments received from one of the priests.

Read Susan's story

THE SURVIVOR - DARREN

I was in my 40s when I reached crisis point and was unable to function. My trauma was so intense and severe that I had blocked it out.

Read Darren's story

Our latest news

10 November 2020

Catholic Church failed in their duty of care to survivors of sexual violence

Read more about Catholic Church failed in their duty of care to survivors of sexual violence

9 November 2020

Students stride for Survive – Virtual event raises £1800

Read more about Students stride for Survive – Virtual event raises £1800

9 November 2020

Survive will now support survivors of domestic violence – following agreement at its 2020 Annual General Meeting

Read more about Survive will now support survivors of domestic violence – following agreement at its 2020 Annual General Meeting

1 November 2020

£30 for 30 years – Appeal launches as Survive reaches 30-year milestone

Read more about £30 for 30 years – Appeal launches as Survive reaches 30-year milestone

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