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Our 1-day workshops are appropriate for professionals, students or anyone who works directly or indirectly with victims-survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse. Our training focuses on an ethos of encouraging sensitive and improved responses to victims-survivors and their families whenever contact is made. All of our workshops are person-centred and teach a trauma-informed response. Training is held in our office in Rugby, Warwickshire but can also be delivered at external locations of your choosing. Please get in touch to discuss this option.
The Survivors Trust promotes effective responses to rape and sexual abuse on a local, regional and national level and have worked with key offices and organisations such as the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, NHS-England, the Police and Crown Prosecution Service. We offer bespoke packages for schools, colleges and parents on the subject of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and consent. We also offer bespoke Sexual Harassment training to larger organisations.
Linda can create a bespoke training package on any of the following: Sexual Harassment Awareness & Prevention, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Child Sexual Exploitation, Handling Disclosures of Sexual Violence, Pre-trial Therapy, Understanding Rape and Sexual Violence, Consent, Bystanding behaviour, Working with Male Survivors, Working with Vulnerable People, Supporting Professionals to Deliver Trauma-informed Services, Mediation and Negotiation Skills
In 1998 the report given by the Home Office, ‘Speaking Up for Justice’, (Section 28), established that vulnerable and intimidated witnesses should not be denied the emotional support and counselling they may need before and after a trial. Furthermore the decision to offer counselling and support should be based on the needs of the victim. However, despite this, some vulnerable witnesses are still being denied access to pre-trial therapy and emotional support.
The most recent Crime Survey for England and Wales estimated that 143,000 males aged 16 to 59 years were victims of a sexual assault in the last year. The Crown Prosecution Service acknowledges around 16 per cent of reported sexual offence victims are male, with the vast majority of incidents never even being reported to the police.
Linda Lewis is an independent Training Consultant with 10 years’ experience of providing training to Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVA’s) and to ISVA Service Managers on a national basis. She understands how challenging these roles can be, along with the levels of responsibility and accountability they come with, having Managed Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Services in the voluntary sector.
Victims-Survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse often talk about the '2nd rape', a term often used by them to express their regret and disappointment after making a disclosure to a professional about their traumatic experience. It isn’t a matter of the professional deliberately trying to cause distress to their clients but more about them not understanding how trauma impacts a person.