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EP16: CIS'ters Response- Report Abuse In Education

CIS'ters' podcast- Hidden Harm

Release Date: 06/20/2021

Ep27 You Think I Am Alright, You Are Wrong show art Ep27 You Think I Am Alright, You Are Wrong

CIS'ters' podcast- Hidden Harm

Between recovery and resilience, the latter being a more tangible target. The topic includes aspects of trauma and the impact on emotional well-being including suicidal thoughts and also on physical well-ness. The masks that many victim/survivors wear can create barriers to receiving help, not least because resilience as a presentation can be misleading. If you are in a dark place emotionally and not sure that you can continue please contact either the Samaritans and/or your GP. You are not alone.

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EP 26- ISVA show art EP 26- ISVA

CIS'ters' podcast- Hidden Harm

What is an ISVA, what they do and how to find one.

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Ep25 Institutional CSA Cover Ups show art Ep25 Institutional CSA Cover Ups

CIS'ters' podcast- Hidden Harm

The Independent Inquiry into CSA report into how abuse has been covered up within faith communities. One of many (www.iicsa.org.uk) due to end in 2022.  THE TRUTH PROJECT, victim/survivors give verbal or written accounts of their experience of sexual abuse during childhood, inc. how interventions could have happened, & if/why failed. Truth Project closes on 31.10.2021. We hope recommendations by IICSA in 2022 will be the introduction of Mandatory Reporting. https://mandatenow.org.uk/

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Ep 24 Abusers can be female show art Ep 24 Abusers can be female

CIS'ters' podcast- Hidden Harm

In this episode we seek to explore the increasing reality that not all offenders are male – that there are female abusers too. A topic that is often overlooked as it is counter to the belief that females are the nurturers.

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Ep23 Trauma and Physical Health show art Ep23 Trauma and Physical Health

CIS'ters' podcast- Hidden Harm

In this episode we explore the physical health conditions that can arise from trauma during childhood. More information on this link can be found on our website under the heading of ACEs.

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EP 22 Mind Your Language show art EP 22 Mind Your Language

CIS'ters' podcast- Hidden Harm

The impact of the way in which others might discuss sexual abuse this can have on a victim/survivor. Members of the public/work colleagues/others need to be aware that inappropriate conversations, such as workplace banter, can create barriers to disclosure or appear to condone such abuse.

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Ep21 Counselling and Therapy show art Ep21 Counselling and Therapy

CIS'ters' podcast- Hidden Harm

CIS'ters is often asked about counselling and therapy for members and their supporters. In this podcast we discuss the uses of different types of therapeutic mode and also exploring where to find help.

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Ep 20 Reflections on the past few months show art Ep 20 Reflections on the past few months

CIS'ters' podcast- Hidden Harm

Producing podcasts has been a new venture for CIS’ters and in this episode Gillian reflects on recent months, and what else is happening within CIS’ters.

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EP19 The Survivors Trust show art EP19 The Survivors Trust

CIS'ters' podcast- Hidden Harm

Introducing Fay Maxsted, the CEO of The Survivors Trust.

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Ep 18 Complex emotions when an abuser dies show art Ep 18 Complex emotions when an abuser dies

CIS'ters' podcast- Hidden Harm

In this episode we explore some of the complex issues and feelings that can arise when an abuser dies or is dying. As survivors all of our experiences as children are unique. This, and the family we grew up in, affect how we will feel and behave when an abuser is dying or has died. In addition, issues include not only the abuser, but other adults within the family and the extended family who might have known or suspected but failed to adequately protect the child (emotionally or physically.)

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Within CIS’ters we have highlighted, with other charities, for many years the existence of escalating sexual abuse/rape/exploitation/harassment within our schools. The Department of Education has funded a dedicated NSPCC line for pupils  to report abuse in schools, and during the period 1st April to 7th June a total of 426 contacts had been made. Of these, 366 related to sexual abuse, exploitation with references to harmful sexual behaviour and peer abuse. Whilst the scale of the experiences of young people in the education sector is shocking to members of the public and to government officials, it is a sad reflection in that the news was not shocking to us, but an evidence of what we had feared and knew to be the case.

This podcast explores the context of sexual abuse being experienced by pupils and what needs to now happen to change both behaviours but also educate not only children/teenagers and educators, but also the public as well. A further reality is that having sought the voice of the child to express their experiences, there are insufficient specialist resources to meet the demand should children and young people seek help.