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Research

Videos

Videos

May 2019 Facebook Live: Barriers to reporting, the CPS and mobile phones. May 2019 Facebook Live: Healing and Living after Experiencing Childhood Sexual Abuse We teamed up with Marvelous to create this video for our 2017 Guilty Clothing Campaign. “How often have you heard an acquaintance or someone you don’t know...

Flow

Flow

This film highlights how difficult it can be to disclose childhood sexual abuse. It is based on interviews with people who are recovering from childhood sexual abuse. The creation of this film was inspired by Dr Claire Cunnington’s Wellcome Trust funded research at the University of Sheffield and the film...

Survivor Support Resources

Survivor Support Resources

The TST resources website has a wealth of information, survivor videos and practical self-help tips for survivors and anyone who wants to learn more about the impact of sexual violence. The website has been developed in collaboration with survivors with lived experience and representatives from The Survivors Trust member organisations, who...

Next Steps for Special Measures - A review of the provision of special measures to vulnerable and intimidated witnesses

Next Steps for Special Measures – A review of the provision of special measures to vulnerable and intimidated witnesses

A new report by the Victims’ Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, examines the provision of protections for vulnerable and intimidated victims, known as ‘special measures.’ The Commissioner found the current system is not working as well as it could with victims and witnesses falling through the gaps and not being...

Survivors' Journeys - Survivors' Voices- Including the voice of survivors in commissioning support services

Survivors’ Journeys – Survivors’ Voices- Including the voice of survivors in commissioning support services

Following an unprecedented rise in the volume of survivors of sexual abuse and sexual violence seeking help, The Survivors Trust were funded by NHS England to hold a conference which provided a unique opportunity for specialist rape and sexual abuse service providers and service users to meet with and influence...

Victims' Code of Practice

Victims’ Code of Practice

The Ministry of Justice have published a simplified and updated Victims’ Code. The new Code comes into force on 1st April 2021 and includes 12 overarching rights to ensure that victims understand and are aware of the level of service they can expect to receive.  Code of Practice for Victims...

Disclosure of non-recent (historic) childhood sexual abuse: What should researchers do?

Disclosure of non-recent (historic) childhood sexual abuse: What should researchers do?

This paper highlights important considerations for Research Ethics Committees on the importance of preserving confidentiality of disclosures by adults of non-recent abuse. Researchers in the UK have no legal or ethical duty to report disclosures of previously unreported non-recent CSA by their participants. This paper recommends that reports should not...

Sexual violence and COVID-19: all silent on the home front

Sexual violence and COVID-19: all silent on the home front

In this article, Clare Gunby et al reflect on the framing of violence against women in mainstream media in the UK, and some policy documents and guidance, in the first four weeks of the COVID-19 induced lockdown. In so doing, they consider the implications associated with the frequent failure to acknowledge...

Mesarch - Join a thousand voices for change!

Mesarch – Join a thousand voices for change!

Mesarch (Multi-disciplinary Evaluation of Sexual Assault Referral Centres for better Health) is a 4 year landmark research study that seeks to identify effective models of care and interventions for survivors of sexual violence and abuse. This research is inviting over 1000 individuals who have attended a Sexual Assault Referral Centre...

I didn't marry a monster

I didn’t marry a monster

Launched during the Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness week, Ola and her partner Olu created this video which we are honoured to share to highlight marital rape and to help break the silence surrounding this taboo subject.  “Marriage, like a lot of other relationships, is not without its acceptable flaws....

'What Works; patient and stakeholder engagement for Sexual Assault Referral Centres’

‘What Works; patient and stakeholder engagement for Sexual Assault Referral Centres’

Following research undertaken into how Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) engage victims / survivors and stakeholders, NHS England has published the ‘What Works; patient and stakeholder engagement for Sexual Assault Referral Centres’ report. It is intended to help SARCs collect and share feedback on patient involvement and identifies learning from...

The injustice of justice: female sexual violence victims and the fear of coming forward by Imogen Cheatham

The injustice of justice: female sexual violence victims and the fear of coming forward by Imogen Cheatham

This dissertation and research written by Imogen Cheatham examines why acts of sexual violence continue to be under-reported as a crime, finding that perhaps the most significant reasons why women and girls do not report sexual violence is caused by rape myths, stereotypes and victim blaming narratives that are not...

APPG

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) was created in November 2018 by Sarah Champion MP and The Survivors Trust, and contains members from across the Commons and Lords. The APPG works to highlight the needs of adult survivors of child sexual abuse across the country, and to give a voice to their...

Pregnancy, Birth and Parenthood after Childhood Sexual Abuse

Pregnancy, Birth and Parenthood after Childhood Sexual Abuse

This resource will help women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse (CSA) to prepare for pregnancy, birth and parenthood. The effects of CSA can last a long time and having a baby can be a particularly difficult and lonely time. The resource shares real-life experiences of pregnancy, birth and parenthood...