Survivors in Transition

The first mask (far left) represents what happened to her as a child. The middle mask represents how she was feeling during the point in her life she first walked through our doors. The final mask she felt was important for others to see as she never believed it was possible to feel the way she does now.

The 2016 Police and Crime Survey stated that 7% of adults had experienced sexual violence in childhood. This survey gives us the best data to work with. Applied to Suffolk, this suggests that demand for support far outstrips provision.

Over the past year Survivors in Transition has provided direct support to over 400 men and women who experienced sexual abuse as children. This abuse has left many of them with debilitating and enduring effects in their adult lives including substance misuse, self harm, domestic violence and high levels of anxiety.

Survivors in Transition have provided a range of groups and one-to-one trauma informed therapies and interventions based on individual need. The year saw continued high profile cases coming reported in the media, including widespread sexual abuse in football which resulted in an increase of men coming forward for support.

“We are extremely grateful to Suffolk Community Foundation who have played an integral role in supporting us to access vital funds to cover core running and project costs. They have also linked us up with a range of local funders, businesses and partners and provided advice around future sustainability and alternative revenue streams.” – Fiona Ellis CEO

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