Sexual Abuse Helplines & Support

This post is a part of our guide series to support anyone who may have been sexually abused or has questions around the topic:

What is Sexual Abuse? Definitions & Meanings
Who Commits Sexual Abuse & Why?
What are Signs & Symptoms of Sexual Abuse?
Handling & Dealing with Sexual Abuse
How to Heal and Recover from Sexual Abuse
What Impact Does Sexual Abuse Have on Victims, Families & Friends?
How to Report Sexual Abuse (and Who to Report it to)
How is Sexual Abuse Proven in Court?
Punishment & Sentencing for Sexual Abuse
How can Sexual Abuse be Prevented?
Sexual Abuse Data & Statistics
Sexual Abuse Helplines, Support & Further Reading


If you are experiencing or have experienced sexual abuse, know that there is confidential and independent support available to help. It doesn’t matter who commits the crime, it should not be tolerated. There are experienced counsellors who are highly skilled and trained to deal with issues surrounding sexual abuse.

In this guide, you will find a list of organisations for further help and guidance. You may also think about reporting it to the police.

The Survivors Trust

01788 550554
info@thesurvivorstrust.org

The Survivors Trust was founded in 2000, it has been running successfully for over 15 years and has around 124 member agencies based in the UK and Ireland. The Survivors Trust provides specialist support for women, men and children who have survived rape, sexual violence or childhood sexual abuse, it also provides support to partners and family members.

Rape Crisis (England and Wales)

0808 802 9999
www.rapecrisis.org.uk

Rape Crisis is a charity that is working to end sexual abuse and violence, through education, influence and dedication to making a change. They are the membership organisation for 39 Rape Crisis centres. Rape Crisis provides support to victims of rape and all other forms of sexual violence and abuse.

Samaritans

116 123 (freephone)
jo@samaritans.org
Chris, Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK
PO Box 90 90
Stirling FK8 2SA
samaritans.org

Samaritans is a charity founded in 1953, it has been running successfully for over 65 years. It provides help and support for anyone who is struggling to cope with any situation, this includes sexual abuse. Samaritans help by listening and giving people ways and the skills to cope with their problems.

Victim Support

0808 168 9111
victimsupport.org.uk

Victim Support is an independent charity that was founded in 1974, it helps victims of crime and traumatic events, and this would include sexual abuse. The charity provides emotional and practical support to help people cope and recover from their experiences.

Lifecentre

0808 802 0808 (freephone)
07717 989 022 (text line)
lifecentre.uk.com

Lifecentre was founded in 2001, the charity is made up of a small team of therapists who support survivors of rape and sexual abuse, and any unwanted sexual experience.

Childline 

0800 1111
childline.org.uk

Childline was founded in 1986, and in 2006 it became part of NCPCC with a view to help even more young people. Childline provides support for children and young people in the UK who are or have experienced abuse of any kind. It includes a free helpline and 1-2-1 online chats with counsellors.

NSPCC

NSPCC was founded in 1889 for the prevention of cruelty to children, the charity provides help and support to victims of child abuse.

If you’re worried about a child contact;
0808 800 5000

Telephone lines are open Monday to Friday 8am – 10pm or 9am – 6pm at the weekends. You can contact them online or by email 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

help@nspcc.org.uk

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