You may find that talking to a specialist sexual violence counsellor helps you manage your feelings through a particularly difficult or stressful time, and work out what changes you want to make in your life. If the sexual violence you experienced has left you with trauma responses like panic attacks or flashbacks, counselling can help you learn ways to help you stay calm and other strategies for taking back control in your life.
The parents of children who have been sexually abused often experience feelings of guilt and shame that are intensified by the real or perceived judgments of others and the stigma surrounding child sexual abuse. Some parents can feel isolated or find it difficult to express their emotions, Therapeutic work can be helpful in addressing these needs and promoting health and wellbeing for both the parent and the child.
If you and/or your children have experienced any form of sexual violence, and feel you could benefit from support with your parenting you can contact us using our self-referral form.
If you are thinking about reporting to the police or you have already reported to the police, you can have support from an ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Adviser) who can provide independent criminal justice support.