A historic victory amongst disheartening stats

Yesterday was a big day for survivors and those that work with them. We saw the release of data showing that rape convictions are at a record low in England and Wales along with the Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS) unveiling of a five-year blueprint to attempt to rectify this. On top of this, the End Violence Against Women (EVAW) Coalition and the Centre for Women’s Justice won a landmark case against the CPS, granting them the opportunity for a full judicial review. Read more

Victims previously denied compensation may now be able to re-apply

Are you a victim of a sexual offence that occurred before 1979 and within your household? If so, you may be able to apply for compensation which would have previously been denied to you. Read more

Taking care of yourself & I May Destroy You

It feels like everyone is talking about Michaela Coel’s newest creation I May Destroy You, a drama based on her experience of sexual assault. We want to offer up some tips for survivors thinking of watching the show as well as discuss some of the important topics covered in the series. Read more

The Victims Commissioner’s newest Report highlighting the catastrophic decline in rape prosecutions

The report, amongst other things, highlights the catastrophic decline in rape prosecutions over the last few years - comparing this to the decriminalisation of rape. The report discusses the barriers to justice that survivors face and the commissioners continuing commitments to alleviating these and working with charities supporting survivors. We welcome this report and thank Dame Vera Baird for outlining the true severity of the Criminal Justice System’s failings of survivors of sexual violence Read more

TST Supportline hours extended

Thanks to funding from the MoJ COVID-19 Response Fund our free national Supportline is now open 7 days a week. We're here to talk, to listen and to believe. Read more

Data charges removed for websites supporting victims of crime

The UK’s major telecoms companies have agreed their customers’ mobile phone data won’t be used up if they’re seeking information and support online. Access to websites supporting some of the most vulnerable victims of crime will be free of charge during the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to a new deal brokered by the Government. Read more

New measures to support vulnerable people ahead of Hidden Harms Summit

The virtual summit, hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is in response to the unique challenges victims have faced during the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they continue to get support. Our CEO, Fay Maxted OBE, will be attending the Hidden Harms Summit with colleagues from Rape Crisis England and Wales, Male Survivors Partnership and NAPAC Read more

Messages from frontline support services - We are still here

If you’ve experienced sexual violence or abuse, no matter when it happened, #YouAreNotAlone. Support services across England and Wales are available to you. They’re free, confidential and independent. Read more

TST update on Covid-19 and tips to get through

Due to Covid-19 many of our members and other support services are closing their face to face services and operating differently in accordance with advice from the UK Government. Read more

Consultation on Improving the Victims’ Code

The Government now want to hear what you have to say about their proposed changes. This consultation is the next step in improving the experience of victims within the justice system and will pave the way for a Victims’ Law that will guarantee victims their rights. Read more

APPG of Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse launches final report: Can adult survivors of CSA access justice and support?

On Tuesday 11 February 2020, the APPG published the final report resulting from its year long inquiry into survivors’ experiences of accessing support and the criminal justice system. Read more

ONS data shows scale of adults struggling with the effects of childhood abuse – trauma-informed healthcare needed says NAPAC

A blog post by our member organisation NAPAC on the latest ONS report about child abuse. Read more

Christmas Hours

2019 has certainly been an eventful year. We want to thank you all for your support and wish you a very Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year from all at TST! Read more

IICSA Victims and Survivors Consultative Panel – Applications Open

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has sent out a call for applications from survivors of childhood sexual abuse to join the Victims and Survivors Consultative Panel (VSCP) Read more

APPG of Adult Survivors of CSA launches third report exploring "survivors' experiences of court and applying for compensation."

The All Party Parliamentary Group of Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse’s has published their report on ‘Survivors experiences of court and applying for compensation.’ Read more

Trust House Lincolnshire

We are saddened to learn of the closure of Trust House Lincolnshire. Read more

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse publishes Accountability and Reparations report

The Inquiry has published its report on the Accountability and Reparations investigation, which focuses on the aftermath of child sexual abuse and the legal process of claiming compensation. Read more

CEO attends round table at 10 Downing Street

CEO attended a round table about the consultations on the Victim's Code and Victim's Law and victim engagement in the criminal justice system. Read more

TST team complete their Triathlon!

The TST team is happy to announce that we have finally finished our team fundraiser in support of our helpline!! Read more

Petition: Make all sexual abuse offences exceptions under the double jeopardy rules

"Many victims will never be able to obtain justice or closure from the criminal courts as the law currently stands as their charges are not deemed "serious" or "severe" enough to be an exception to the double jeopardy rules." Read more

Victims' Commissioner for London - Rape Review

The London Victims’ Commissioner, Claire Waxman, has today published recommendations on the London Rape Review with important messages relevant for all victims of rape and specialist support services. Read more

APPG Launches second report exploring survivors’ experience of police and the Crown Prosecution Service

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) was created in November 2018 by Sarah Champion MP and The Survivors Trust, and contains members from across the Commons and Lords. Read more

Our Response to the F.A.I.R Campaign

In response to a new campaign calling for suspects accused of sexual crimes to have anonymity prior to charge, The Survivors Trust CEO, Fay Maxted OBE comments. Read more