Incest and Sexual Abuse Survivors (ISAS)

Incest and Sexual Abuse Survivors (ISAS)

We provide one-to-one, group and telephone counselling services for male and female survivors of childhood sexual abuse, their partners amd family members throughout Nottinghamshire. We also offer a comprehensive training programme on sexual abuse issues to outside agencies.

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Childhood sexual abuse is the betrayal of a child’s right to love and safety and damages the ability to trust and form positive relationships. Sexual abuse is carried out in secret and it can be extremely difficult to talk about, its victims often silenced by fear and threats. ISAS was established to provide a safe and compassionate place where survivors are made welcome and supported through the healing process. Our counsellors are all volunteers trained to at least diploma level and work to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy Code of Ethics and Practice. We offer excellent support and continued training to our volunteers as they are the back-bone of our organisation. Our service users present with a multitude of problems including, depression, panic attacks, self-harm, drug and alcohol reliance, sleeping and eating disorders, little or no self-esteem, relationship difficulties, a pervading sense of hopelessness and shame. It is never the child’s fault but they are often coerced by the abuser into feeling responsible. We work throughout Nottinghamshire, taking self-referrals and those from GP’s, Mental Health Teams, Probation Services, Drug and Alcohol Teams, Homelessness Teams, Social Services and voluntary organisations. We also work in HMP Ranby. Our annual budget is £120,000 and demands for our services increase each year. We need to raise £25,000 to enable us maintain our current service level and recruit and support additional counsellors.

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