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Posted On: 25th Nov 2015

Help End Child Sexual Abuse

The Fixers poster
An actor is pictured on the poster

A young woman from Cornwall wants to show adults how to spot the signs of child sexual abuse, after she was abused by a family member from the age of seven.

"Emma", whose real name has not been used, thinks educating people about the warning signals might help to protect vulnerable youngsters and lead to earlier intervention.

‘I was abused by a family member between the ages of seven and 15,' explains Emma.

‘It was a really difficult time.


'What made it even harder was my fear of telling anyone.

'I was scared that nobody would take me seriously and also, because my family were quite close, I was worried about potentially damaging relationships.

‘I did eventually speak out at the age of 15 despite initially feeling as though there was little support for me.

‘My aim now is to encourage adults to be better at safeguarding children, knowing what signs to look out for and when to step in.’

With Fixers, Emma has helped to produce a poster campaign, which outlines some of the potential signs that could suggest a child is being sexually abused.

It shows a young person, played by an actor, peering through a smashed picture frame. The headline reads ‘Not Every Family Photo Is Perfect.’

To enlarge Emma’s Fixers poster, click on the image below.

 


‘I’m really happy with the finished design,’ Emma says.

‘I think it will have a big impact.

‘Although my experiences have been hard, working on this project has been like therapy because it’s given me the chance to turn a negative into a positive.’

 

 

Emma plans to display her posters in schools, doctors' surgeries and children’s centres.


‘I want parents and anybody who works with children to be aware of the potential signs of sexual abuse,’ she adds.  


‘It’s a really serious issue, so equipping individuals with this knowledge might help to safeguard more children in the future.’

 

Emma's project was supported by the Wellcome Trust.

 
To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.

 

Author: N. Farooq

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