I have been abused

If you believe you might be in danger or at immediate risk of harm, please call the police immediately on 999.

If you are not at immediate risk, there are several options available to you.

If you are a child, you can call Children’s Service in Cornwall on Tel: 0300 123 1116 or email MARU. At evenings and weekends or during public holidays, call: 01208 251 300. Alternatively, if you would like to talk to somebody for support and advice you can call Childline on 0800 1111.

We understand that abuse which happened many years ago can continue to be impacting on day to day life now. No matter your age or how long ago it is that you were hurt, we treat all disclosures of abuse as if it was current, ensuring your needs are understood and prioritised throughout.

If you are not at immediate risk, but would like to report abuse to the police, you can do so by calling 101 or on the police website. Their website contains lots of advice on different kinds of abuse and organisations to contact.

If you would like to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer (DSO), you can do so here.

Options independent of the church

The Diocese of Truro has commissioned an Authorised Listeners service from First Light to provide a facility for people who have been abused by anybody associated with the Church of England. Authorised listeners can help people to talk about their experiences in relation to past or current abuse and help people to consider any next steps and provide support. Next steps could include reporting abuse to a statutory agency, instigating disciplinary proceedings, or seeking counselling or pastoral support.  If you would like a referral to this service, you can do so by contacting the DSA  above) directly or via your parish priest or safeguarding co-ordinator.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to make contact directly with First Light, you can do so in one of these ways: by phone on 03458 12 12 12, via email at info@firstlight.org.uk; or via a website referral at firstlight.org.uk https://www.firstlight.org.uk/diocese-referral/.

In addition to the local support organised by the Diocese of Truro, the Church of England and Roman Catholic Church in England have joined forces to create a national service called Safe Spaces. This is run by Victim Support and provides remote support via a helpline, live chat service and website, www.safespacesenglandandwales.org.uk.

The support available is provided for as long as the survivor needs. It can include advocating for and supporting the survivor, providing information including on church and police procedures, understanding individual needs and working on support plans. If face-to-face support is also required, contact ad referrals will be made with appropriate local organisations depending on need.

The Survivor Care Charter, called Safeguarding: Caring for People Who Have Experienced Abusecan be downloaded from here.

Other organisations

NAPAC is the National Association for People Abused in Childhood. Napac’s support line is 0808 801 0331 –calls to this number will not show up on your phone bill.

The Survivors Trust is a national umbrella organisation providing advice and support to survivors of rape and sexual abuse. The trust has a support, advice and information line on 0800 801 0818.

MACSAS supports women and men who have been sexually abused, as children or adults, by ministers, clergy or others under the guise of the Church. You can call their helpline at 08088 01 03 40.

First Light also provides help for people affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence on Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The Women’s Centre Cornwall rape and sexual abuse hotline number is 01208 77099. Their domestic abuse hotline is 01208 79992.

Men Against Sexual Abuse (MASA) is a registered charity that was set up to support males aged 16 and up who have experienced sexual abuse during their lifetime.  There are a number of funded counselling sessions available for men who have been subjected to sexual abuse. If this would assist you or anyone you know, please apply direct to MASA on the link above.

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