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Support for victims of childhood sexual abuse

Increased awareness of childhood sexual abuse and better support for adult survivors, should now be available, thanks to a booklet launched on Friday.

Yes you can! Working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse is designed to help health professionals and those working in the care and voluntary sectors to feel more confident in applying best practice to support survivors of abuse.

As well as forming part of the Scottish Government's overall approach to supporting mental wellbeing, the booklet also ties in with SurvivorScotland, the National Strategy for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse.

Public Health Minister Shona Robison said:

"We would all like to think that childhood sexual abuse doesn't happen. But if people across Scotland are aware of the reality then it is more likely that good support and understanding will be available.

"There has, for many years, been a widespread misunderstanding of the needs of survivors of childhood sexual abuse and sometimes a reluctance to raise the issue because of the stigma which can be associated with this sensitive subject.

"It is essential, though, that health professionals and all those involved in working with sexual abuse survivors feel confident, informed and able to provide appropriate support."

The National Strategy for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse was launched in 2005.

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