Why we work with trauma
Trauma and abuse (including emotional, physical, or sexual abuse) has been experienced by 1 in every 5 adults in the UK.
Think about the number of people in your workplace, in the supermarket queue, on the bus – the number of survivors around us is HUGE. But there are very few support services for those struggling, meaning those around us are often carrying the long-term impact of trauma in silence.
As a charity, we aim to speak the unspoken and bring these issues to the forefront of society. Only 1/8 of victims of childhood sexual abuse ever come to the attention of statutory authorities, and it takes on average 26 years (recorded by SurvivorsUK) for male survivors of sexual abuse to come forward – this has devastating impacts on the long-term mental and physical health of survivors.
Any trauma or abuse writes itself on the mind and body of survivors, meaning that our reactions to it, can be understood through simple neuropsychology. Bessel van der Kolk, a leader in understanding traum, explains that “trauma is much more than a story about the past…trauma is re-experienced in the present, not as a story, but as profoundly disturbing physical sensations and emotions that may not be associated with memories of past trauma”.
It is important to understand that, regardless of whatever happened to us, recovery is always possible and achievable.