In April 2021, SHaME Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Ruth Beecher interviewed Jon Bird from the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC), which is a national charity supporting adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect.
Watch their interview below in which Ruth and Jon speak about the sea change that’s taken place in believing victim-survivors and the increased recognition and support available for boys and men who have experienced sexual violence, the vital role that charities and the third sector continue to play in supporting victim-survivors, and Jon’s exhortation to practitioners to listen and engage non-judgementally with victim-survivors of all ages.
This interview makes explicit reference to incidents of child sexual abuse and sexual violence and may cause distress for some viewers.
If you are in the UK, you can all NAPAC’s Support Line on 0808 801 0331, for 30 minutes of supportive listening with signposting. The support line is open Mondays-Thursdays 10am-9pm and Fridays 10am-6pm.
If you are in the UK, you can also call the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999, for confidential emotional support. The helpline is open every day between 12-2.30pm and 7-9.30pm, calls are free of charge, and the number will not appear on your bill.
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