Support for Parents and Carers

It can be extremely difficult to hear that your child has been abused or sexually assaulted and you may feel a lot of different emotions as a result – anger, shame and guilt are common.

If your child is telling you that they have been hurt by someone else, even if it’s someone you trusted completely, the most important things you can do are:

  • Listen to them
  • Believe them
  • Continue to offer unconditional support and love
  • Be patient with them
  • Encourage them
  • Reassure them that their feelings are normal
  • Give them choices

It is also important that you look after yourself during this time. Supporting your child following the impacts of rape or sexual abuse can be incredibly emotionally challenging. It’s important that you take note of this and have a safe space where you are able to express how you are feeling as well. Our helpline  service offesr a safe and confidential space to explore your feelings.

Rape Crisis England & Wales – Live Chat Helpline

The Rape Crisis England & Wales (RCEW) Live Chat Helpline offers a text-based service for women and girls who have experienced sexual violence.

The Live Chat Helpline operators are there are there to listen and offer you emotional support for up to 45 minutes. You can talk about what happened to you, how you feel, and any difficulties you are facing.

To access the service, or find out more information, including opening times, please visit the website.

RCEW website