The Survivors Trust is excited to announce that they have been commissioned by NHS London to run an awareness campaign that will provide healthcare professionals with resources for treating potential survivors of sexual abuse.
Giving them the tools and knowledge to confidently engage with and best support these patients and people under their care.
Despite the prevalence of rape and sexual abuse in society, the impact of sexual trauma is often not adequately dealt with during professional training.
It is estimated that one in six people in the UK have experienced some form of sexual abuse or assault.
In addition, those people are much more likely to have several profound, long-term effects and medical complications for the rest of their lives.
Survivors have told us time and time again that one thing that would really help them get through their medical appointments would be for healthcare professionals to let them know what they need to do and why.
And to ask for consent, for every step of the procedure.
We have recently released the #CheckWithMeFirst animation to highlight the challenges survivors can face at healthcare appointments.
And some of the small changes that may help survivors feel more comfortable and supported.
As part of the campaign London-based NHS healthcare practitioners will be able to sign-up to take part in our trauma-informed healthcare workshops.
The aim of the sessions is to highlight the importance of trauma-informed practice.
And to ensure healthcare professionals can confidently support survivors at their medical appointments.
In addition to these workshops, we will be providing a selection of resources designed to give survivors information.
And helpful tips that can help them manage any anxiety or concerns they may have about attending a medical appointment.