Offering therapy to victims and survivors of sexual abuse.
Someone who has been sexually abused should be able to access therapy to help them. Juliet Grayson, based in South Wales, offers this therapy.
People in other parts of the UK, who are victims of sexual abuse (recent or historical), can contact StopSO www.stopso.org.uk StopSO has therapists all across the UK. At times they receive funding to be able to subsidise that therapy. NB StopSO also works with perpetrators, with the aim of preventing crimes of a sexual nature. They prefer to work with a potential perpetrator so that they don’t commit the first crime, rather than pick up the pieces with the devastated victim. But, until the UK reaches the point where there is no more sexual abuse, then StopSO welcomes victims contacting them for help, and they will provide therapy to victims.
The Boy In The Video
The story starts with an everyday event – a WhatsApp message to a group set up by mums at the school gates to discuss missing jumpers and school trips. But this message contains a video of a little boy being sexually abused. And one of the group members happens to be a BBC radio producer.
So begins an investigation into the dark world of child sexual exploitation as she tries to find out what happened to the boy. Has he been rescued? Is his abuser in jail?
Along the way she meets the police trying to combat the online proliferation of images and videos of children being abused – millions are in circulation, shared on social media platforms as if they are funny cat memes. She asks what we should do about the 450 men arrested every month for viewing and sharing this material. At the moment, end-to-end encryption means WhatsApp is a safe haven for offenders – are the tech firms doing enough?
Producer/presenter: Lucy Proctor
The battle to be believed
Women who report violent sexual assaults at university say the perpetrators are getting away with it. Here is a video with graphic descriptions, from university students
A note from Juliet Grayson (about a therapist’s notes and their use in sexual abuse cases). In this report student said she didn’t report sexual abuse “because the therapist notes will be used in court.” As a therapist, I would be willing to negotiate with a student, in advance, about what level of detail was written in my notes, and to agree to write very brief notes.