CRASAC has been awarded almost £80K over two years by BBC Children in Need to provide one-to-one counselling and therapeutic play sessions to children and young people affected by sexual violence.
The local charity provides specialist, independent and confidential services for women, men and children aged five and above, who have been affected directly or indirectly by sexual violence and abuse at any time in their lives. This includes online abuse and exploitation.
Delivered by highly trained trauma informed counsellors, the sessions will help children and young people to cope and recover, develop positive relationships, and increase their confidence and self-esteem.
Jenni Muskett, Deputy CEO at CRASAC says:
“This funding will make a real difference to the young people that we support. Last year 26% of our counselling referrals were children under the age of 18 and this number continues to grow. Many children and young people who have experienced abuse struggle to recognise and cope with their feelings, to trust and engage with others, and lack the self-esteem and belief in their ability to thrive.
“Our trauma informed therapy helps young people to explore their feelings and learn coping strategies which will increase their confidence and well-being – ensuring they feel more empowered and in control.”