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Welcome to live chat support – this is for people who may have experienced sexual violence within a domestic abuse setting.

We know that this is a challenging time for you that you’re waiting for therapeutic support and we appreciate how much courage and strength it has taken for you to reach out to RISE. While you wait, these resources are here to help you to understand more about your experiences and how they may be impacting on you and your wellbeing.

Live Chat: Once a week (INSERT DAY AND TIME) the live chat facility on this page will be staffed by members of our wellbeing team, who are all qualified therapists. The team may suggest exercises and techniques to help you to manage your symptoms or they may just listen and provide you with a warm and non-judgemental space.

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What do we mean by sexual abuse in a domestic violence setting?

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If you’re in contact with our service, you’re likely to have experienced one or a combination of the following:

  • Pressure to have sex
  • Sexual assault (ranges from any unwanted physical contact to attempted rape)
  • Indecent exposure
  • Domestic violence including power and control dynamics in relation to sex
  • Exposure to unwanted sexual content in messages or videos: Online, written and/or phone communications
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Forced marriage

Impact on your day to day life:

When you experience sexual abuse it can impact how you think, feel, how you relate to others and how you see the world.

It’s common to feel a whole mixture of different emotions, including (but not limited to) anger, numbness, sadness, anxiety, shame and guilt.

Shame:

Shame is a common emotion to feel in relation to sexual abuse and is rarely talked about.

Nina Burrows

You may experience shame as deeply embedded negative feelings that you hold about yourself that you haven’t even questioned as they are so deeply rooted. Have a look at these 5 steps for dealing with shame:

Guilt:

Sexual violence is never the fault of the survivor, yet there will be complex reasons why survivor’s hold onto the blame. Check out this video:


Trauma:

After experiencing any kind of sexual abuse you’re likely to feel deep emotional distress. Click here to learn about some of the effects of trauma on the body and brain:

The effects of trauma

10 things no-one ever told you about life after sexual abuse

Nina Burrows

Consent:

Why don’t survivors just say no?

Self-care and healing journey:

The healing journey takes time and it will be different for everyone. Remember to be kind to yourself, what you’ve experienced was not your fault and it’s ok not to feel ok.

Below we’ve outlined some wellbeing resources to help you to understand more about how your brain and body are reacting to your experiences.

Other Helpful resources or websites:

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