“Child sexual abuse is when you’re powerless and betrayed, and you’re all alone and you mustn’t tell, and there’s confusion and pain and deep down inside there’s the fear that it’s all your own fault, that there’s something wrong with you, something terribly and toxically wrong with you, and there’s nowhere to go, and no one to run to, and no way to stop it because you’re small and weak and stupid and if only!!—if only!!—if only you had known, if you only you hadn’t been there, if only you hadn’t said what you’d said, or done what you’d done, or felt what you’d felt…That’s what child sexual abuse is.”
Child sexual abuse affects as many as 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys, with devastating long-term effects, and yet it remains a largely taboo subject in British culture. This essential Resource Guide brings together a mix of facts and statistics (‘Age of consent’, ‘Definitions of child sexual abuse’, ‘Who are the abusers?’) with a range of personal articles by sexual abuse survivor Carolyn Spring, touching areas such as powerlessness, denial and self-care. This unique combination of fact and first person perspective makes this an essential resource for people who have been sexually abused, as well as any professionals working in this field.