Impacting Consequences

This is an introductory session to working with disclosure. Sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse are two of the most serious and damaging crimes in our society, cutting across gender, age, class and ethnicity. One in five women experience sexual assault in adulthood and 21%of girls and 11% of boys experience sexual abuse in their childhood.

 The impacting consequences of sexual assault on the victim/survivor, in most cases, are extremely damaging to the individuals mental and emotional health and well being. Society’s better understanding and support of victims/survivors can significantly help reduce the negative impact of sexual violence on the individual.

Overview of session content:-

• Contextualizing sexual violence/abuse in today's society

• The reality of rape [including the impacting consequences on the individual (Rape Trauma)]

• Childhood sexual abuse

• Working with adult survivors of childhood abuse (emotional and physical effects of sexual abuse)

• Dealing with disclosure appropriately [Including practice issues, (case study)]

• Effective signposting (Practice issues)

• Worker emotional health and wellbeing

The day is participatory and will involve small and large group activities and discussion. Participants will not be asked to role play. There will be opportunities to ask questions and the facilitators will be sharing their breadth of experience in working with survivors of sexual violence.

This course raises awareness of these issues and will help those participating to understand the emotional ill health and harmful behaviours that can accompany such an experience. We are aware that the training content is both emotive and sensitive and that it may raise issues for those attending. Though the facilitators are practised in providing a supportive environment and are mindful of the wellbeing of those attending we do ask that individuals are aware of, and take responsibility for, their own self care needs in relation to personal issues and experiences that may be impacted on by the content of the training session.

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