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 violence

The team at Survive knows the devastating impact sexual violence 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 violence. We will strive to raise awareness in all communities of the signs, prevalence and impact of sexual violence 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, the term we use to describe the long term effects of sexual violence, so that they put survivor support and care high on their agendas.

Domestic violence is often talked about in terms of physical, emotional and financial abuse. However, sexual violence can exist between those who are, or have been, intimate partners.

It may include non-contact abuse, such as being forced to look at pornographic material or being forced to engage in sexual acts with someone else. It may also include activities such as sending inappropriate messages and grooming, either online or face-to-face.

There are differences between sexual violence perpetrated by a stranger and sexual violence perpetrated by a current or former partner. These differences can sometimes make it more difficult to acknowledge that sexual violence is happening. Research suggests that sexual violence by a current or former partner can have a long-lasting impact on a person’s mental, emotional or physical health.

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.

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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

THE SURVIVOR - CHLOE

I was seven when I went to visit a friend of my parents. He sexually abused me before offering me some of his wife’s jewellery.

Read Chloe's story

THE SURVIVOR - AMY

The first time you are called stupid you laugh it off. By the hundredth time, you start to believe it may be true and by the thousand time, you are convinced, it is true.

Read Amy's story

Latest news

22 September 2021

John Lewis partners raise £5,373 for Survive in memory of late colleague

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29 July 2021

Survive helps more survivors of sexual violence than ever in 30-year history

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27 May 2021

Ministry of Justice approves extra funding for Survive

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19 April 2021

Survive launches helpline to support those affected by sexual violence

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