The National Resource Centre
From April 2022, SARSAS (Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support) is developing the National Resource Centre for Adult Survivors of Sibling Sexual Abuse (the Resource Centre). We want to increase the provision of nationally available specialist support and information for both female and male adult survivors of sibling sexual abuse and professionals working with adult survivors. We hope the information will also be useful for members of affected families as well.
The Resource Centre has come out of the learning from the National Project on Sibling Sexual Abuse. This two-year project, that ended in March 2022, was the largest Government-funded project on sibling sexual abuse to date. Funded by the Home Office and Ministry of Justice ‘Support for Victims and Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (SVSCSA) Fund 2020 – 2022’, it was also the first England and Wales wide project on sibling sexual abuse. Rape Crisis England & Wales (RCEW) in partnership with two universities and two rape crisis centres – one of which was SARSAS – oversaw the project.
We are just starting on the development of the Resource Centre and hope to work in partnership with adult survivors and professionals to improve the quality and consistency of information and support across the UK. We believe individuals harmed by sibling sexual abuse can recover, heal and rebuild their lives.