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Ep25 Institutional CSA Cover Ups

CIS'ters' podcast- Hidden Harm

Release Date: 09/05/2021

The Power of Music (a revised and re-recorded version of episode 11) show art The Power of Music (a revised and re-recorded version of episode 11)

CIS'ters' podcast- Hidden Harm

When you are finding life heavy going, it can be a good idea to put together a play list of uplifting music. 

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Loss (a revised & re-recorded version of the original episode 9) show art Loss (a revised & re-recorded version of the original episode 9)

CIS'ters' podcast- Hidden Harm

Loss is a concept explored with the different perspective of the survivor of sexual abuse in mind.

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Ep29 Window of Tolerance show art Ep29 Window of Tolerance

CIS'ters' podcast- Hidden Harm

The Window of Tolerance is a idea developed by Dan Siegal. He suggested we all have 3 key states. 

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Episode 28- ACE's show art Episode 28- ACE's

CIS'ters' podcast- Hidden Harm

ACEs and how important it is to build resilience in children and adult survivors. https://cisters.org.uk/the-impact/adverse-childhood-experiences-ace/

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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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This podcast highlights a recent report issued by the Independent Inquiry into CSA into how abuse has been covered up within faith communities. This report is just one of many issued by the Inquiry (www.iicsa.org.uk) which is due to finish in 2022.  Part of the Inquiry is THE TRUTH PROJECT which is where victim/survivors can provide a verbal or written account of their experience of sexual abuse during childhood, including how and where an intervention could have taken place, or if it did why it failed.  The Truth Project is closing on 31st October 2021, so time is running out for anyone who wishes to choose this route to disclose what happened to them.

The public fail to appreciate that there is no legislation that requires institutions to report their suspicions or knowledge of CSA. If there had been mandatory reporting, then all of the organisations that failed to seek appropriate help for children and to report the offender within their institution, would have committed a crime by not reporting it.

This means that IICSA can only be critical of their failings and make recommendations. We are hopeful that one of the final recommendations by IICSA in 2022 will be the introduction of Mandatory Reporting. For more info on this specific topic look at https://mandatenow.org.uk/