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Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) looks into impacts on victims and survivors, their support needs, and support services

4 Jul 2017

On Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th July 2017, Rape Crisis will be among a range of experts, including child sexual abuse (CSA) victims and survivors, participating in an IICSA seminar on Victims' and survivors’ experiences: impacts of CSA, support needs and support services in London.

You can watch the seminar live streamed online here.

Unprecedented need for services

Need and demand for specialist Rape Crisis services is at unprecedented levels and continuing to rise. In the year to the end of March 2017, Rape Crisis England & Wales member Centres responded to their highest ever volume of helpline calls - 202,666 in total, or nearly 4,000 each week. Forty-two percent of Rape Crisis service users last year were adult survivors of child sexual abuse, and 2,651 were aged 15 or under. 

Online survey for CSA survivors and victims

It's crucial that survivors' and victims' voices are heard. The Inquiry wants to hear from anyone whose life has in any way been affected by child sexual abuse. They're also glad to hear from friends or families of victims and survivors if they feel able to provide insight into the impact on the victim and survivor or their experience of accessing support services.

IICSA also wants to understand how effectively existing support services (that provide care, treatment, counselling, therapy, advocacy and support etc.) meet the needs of people who have experienced or been affected by child sexual abuse, and the ways in which they can be improved. 

To this end, they've developed an online survey for victims, survivors, their families and friends. Responses are confidential and will not be published. IICSA will publish a report summarising the feedback they gather, but this will not name individuals and your responses will be kept confidential. You do not need to answer every question, just those which are relevant to your experiences.

The survey will close on 12th September 2017. 

The easiest and quickest way to complete the survey is online at the IICSA website here.

If you would like to see the list of questions included in the online form you can view these on the IICSA Victim and Survivor consultation document

If you would prefer not to use the online form, submissions can be made in English or Welsh by either email or post as follows: