The aim is for an event at Norwich Forum (April 15th-17th) to engage with the general public as well as bring together people with experience of childhood sex abuse, to make talking about this issue acceptable. This will be done by illustrating the issue through photo portraits of people who want to speak out about their own experience, showing different aspects of coping with the impacts of their abuse. Some of the people featured in the photos will be there to share their background.
The aim is to enable people to talk about childhood sex abuse, to come out of isolation, and to have the strength to make the first steps to speaking out.
Why this event deserves our support
This could be the Springboard for the group to grow, and the platform to launch various peer support initiatives across Norfolk to support survivors of childhood sexual abuse throughout their lives. Currently, stigma and anxieties over confronting the issues of sexual abuse put up barriers to developing mutual support communities of those who have survived this traumatic experience. This photographic exhibition will enable some of the survivors to express their own messages and debunk the stigma that surrounds sexual abuse.
The more that the issue is discussed the more opportunities there are for prevention.
Whoa re hosting the event?
A group of people who historically have experienced childhood sex abuse who have formed a peer support group and want to reach out to other members across Norfolk.
Together we are more powerful, but too often feel isolated and alone.
We have found that there is a lack of input from people with lived experienced of this issue in providing input into how support is supplied and applied.