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About Safety Net
Safety Net Advice and Support Centre is an organisation with our clients at the centre of all that we do.
We work with Children, Young People and Adults who have suffered Rape, Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence in Cumbria.
Our clients come from diverse groups including Children that have suffered the trauma of Sexual Abuse, Young People who have been in Child Protection and Adults with Mental Health difficulties.
We believe that, with help, our clients can recover from the devastating effects of Rape, Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence and go on to lead fulfilling lives.
Safety Net offers support for children and young people regardless of their gender or sexual orientation who have been raped, sexually abused, subject to sexual exploitation or who have suffered domestic abuse. Wherever possible we will work with the child within their family to help both them and their family recover from abuse, recognising that children and young people need the support of their carers to recover.
We provide professional support, training and consultation to help front line workers feel more confident supporting the children, young people and families they work with.
We provide specialist and bespoke training to other professionals to promote a zero tolerance approach to sexual violence in our communities.
Specialist trauma focussed therapeutic services and for adolescents and adults (including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Psychotherapy; Person Centred Counselling, Art Therapy). This can be either short or long term
Integrated Support – including practical and emotional support on a short term, 1:1 basis to young people and adults who may find this more suitable to their needs either instead of, as well as, or in advance of therapeutic work.
Services are available on a short or long term basis depending on need and are free of charge to those who need to access the service.
Or alternatively if you have an enquiry fill out the form and send it to us.
— sexual abuse of children;
Child sexual abuse is any form of sexual activity with a child or young person by an adult, or by another child or young person where there is no consent or consent is not possible; or by another child or young person who has power over the child. By this definition, it is possible for a child to be sexually abused by another child. Sexual abuse includes: inappropriate kissing; full sex; the direct touching of genitals in any way for sexual gratification; touching of the body in any way for sexual gratification; exposing of genitals for sexual gratification; exposing a child or young person to pornography/ watching sex acts; and ignoring sexual abuse.
— forced marriage or cohabitation, including the marriage of children;
— denial of the right to use contraception or to adopt other measures to protect against sexually transmitted diseases;
— forced abortion;
— violent acts against the sexual integrity of women, including female genital mutilation and obligatory inspections for virginity;
— forced prostitution and trafficking of people for the purpose of sexual exploitation
More information can be found here:
WHAT IS SEXUAL VIOLENCE?
Sexual violence is defined as: any sexual act, attempt to obtain a sexual act, unwanted sexual comments or advances, or acts to traffic, or otherwise directed, against a person’s sexuality using coercion, by any person regardless of their relationship to the victim, in any setting, including but not limited to home and work.
A wide range of sexually violent acts can take place in different circumstances and settings. These include, for example:
— rape within marriage or dating relationships;
— rape by strangers;
— systematic rape during armed conflict;
— unwanted sexual advances or sexual harassment, including demanding sex in return for favours;
— sexual abuse of mentally or physically disabled people;