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Historic Sexual Abuse and Assault Support

If you have been affected by this series we've provided a list of organisations which offer advice and support. For more information you can visit, or call the BBC Action Line to hear recorded information on 0800 077 077. Lines are open 24 hours are calls are free from most landlines. Some networks and mobile operators will charge for these calls.

ChildLine is the UK’s free, 24-hour confidential helpline for children and young people who need to talk. Trained counsellors are there to provide comfort, support and advice about any problem that’s on your mind. Contact them 24 hours a day, every day, by phone or via their website.

Helpline: 0800 1111 (calls are free from all existing networks – landline and mobile)

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood is a charity that offers support, advice and guidance to adult survivors of any form of childhood abuse.

Phone: 0800 085 3330

Samaritans is available for anyone struggling to cope round the clock, every single day of the year. They provide a safe place to talk where calls are completely confidential. Get in touch by phone or email or find the details for the local branch online

Phone: 08457 90 90 90


The NSPCC is a charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children. The charity has a free anonymous 24/7 helpline that provides help, advice and support to adults worried about a child.

Helpline: 0808 800 5000

Text: 88858


Pace (Parents against child sexual exploitation) works alongside parents and carers of children who are – or are at risk of being – sexually exploited by perpetrators external to the family, as well as offering guidance and training to professionals on how child sexual exploitation affects the whole family. Pace seeks to enable parents and carers to safeguard and stop their children being sexually exploited, works with parents and partners to disrupt and bring perpetrators to justice, and aims to influence national and local policy and practice.

Phone: 0113 240 3040

The National Rape Crisis Helpline is accessible 365 days a year to women calling from anywhere in England and Wales who have survived any form of sexual violence, no matter how long ago, offering specialised, confidential support, information and referral details completely free of charge. The helpline is also available to provide an immediate source of support to friends and family of survivors, as well as other professionals, to understand how best to support female survivors of sexual violence.

Helpline: 0808 802 9999

For Counselling, Advocacy Support and information: 0208 683 3311 (weekdays 10am-6pm)

The Survivors Trust has over 130 member agencies based in the UK and Ireland which provide specialist support for women, men and children who are survivors of rape, sexual violence or childhood sexual abuse.


Survivors UK provides information, support and counselling for men who have been raped or sexually abused.

Phone: 0845 122 1201 (Monday & Tuesday evenings 7pm-9.30pm; Thursday afternoons 12 noon-2:30pm)

Rape Crisis Scotland provides a national rape crisis helpline for anyone affected by sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened. The helpline offers free and confidential crisis support and information. They can also put you in touch with local rape crisis centres or other services for ongoing support.

Phone: 0808 801 03 02


NEXUS NI works across Northern Ireland to respond to the needs of survivors of sexual violence. They offer counselling to victims of rape, sexual violence and sexual abuse. Contact your local Nexus office by phone or email to arrange counselling or to ask for more information.

Nexus NI: 028 9032 6803


Victim Support If you’ve been a victim or witness of any crime you can get emotional and practical help from Victim Support, whether or not it has been reported to the police.

Phone: 0845 30 30 900

Victim Support Scotland offers emotional and practical support to all victims and witnesses of crime across Scotland.

Supportline: 0845 603 9213.

Victim Support NI offers emotional and practical support to all victims and witnesses of crime across Northern Ireland.

Phone: 02890 244 039 or Victim Support Line: 0845 30 30 900