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Article by Counsellor, Louise Collins on Sexual Abuse and Sexual Awareness Week January 2020
February 04th, 2020
This week is sexual abuse and sexual awareness week and sadly the statistics are grim (please see https://rapecrisis.org.uk/get-informed/about-sexual-violence/statistics-sexual-violence/) with 20% of women and 4% of men experiencing some type of sexual assault since the age of 16. Unfortunately, there is still a victim blaming culture around these crimes, fuelling myths which are absolutely statistically untrue and so unhelpful. Some people may take the decision to report to the police and some may not, and this can sometimes be influenced by well-meaning people saying ‘you should report them, what if they do it to someone else’ whilst this may be well intended, this is unhelpful to the survivor as it implies that somehow they are responsible for the perpetrators’ behaviour (which is NEVER the case) and the decision to report should ALWAYS be the survivors’. The aftermath of such crimes can be shrouded in being silenced, feeling shame, self blame, high anxiety, depression, anger, confusion, amongst many other feelings. Sexual violence, both recent and historic, can be extremely difficult to talk about and here at the centre one of our counsellors Louise Collins can offer specialised counselling to survivors of abuse, both male and female, including pre-trial therapy. It is also completely possible to achieve great results from therapy without ever having to go over the abuse. Please contact Louise, in confidence, if you would like to make an appointment on 07484700848. You will be met with compassion, understanding, empathy, and will not be judged; you are welcome here and we can work together for improved well-being.
Louise Collins MBACP
Tabula Rasa Counselling
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