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Parents, Carers & Family Members

The fact that you are reading this shows that you want to understand the effects of childhood sexual abuse in order to help someone close to you.

Whilst aimed at partners of childhood sexual abuse survivors, we are aware that this information is helpful for non-abusing family members and people in supporting relationships too.

Our aim is to provide you with some information about childhood sexual abuse in order to help you understand some of the feelings and thoughts you may have in your relationship with your partner as well as giving you some information that may help you understand your partner's experience.

There are many reasons why someone might find reading this helpful. Perhaps you have noticed some differences in your relationship since your partner disclosed childhood sexual abuse, or your partner may have suggested it may be useful to help understand him/her better. You might want to try and help your partner, but don't know how to, or you might feel that your relationship is focused on your partner's needs and that your's are neglected.

Remember that your needs are also important and you may need to access support for yourself too. ISAS is able to provide some confidential short term counselling and support for partners as we appreciate how important it is for you to look after yourself so that you can hopefully continue to support your loved one.

Also, whilst the emphasis is on childhood sexual abuse, it can also be helpful for people who have experienced sexual assault or rape in adulthood. It is also intended to be a useful resource if your partner has experienced other forms of abuse, such as physical or emotional abuse.