Conference News 

Sexual Abuse and Mental Health Sept 2016

Sexual Abuse & Mental Health
Reducing the Impact of Abuse on Mental Health
Tuesday 20th September 2016, London

This CPD certified national conference focuses on the important issue of sexual abuse and mental health. Through national updates, survivor perspectives, expert sessions and case study presentations the conference will provide delegates with practical guidance for reducing the impact of abuse on mental health and supporting victims, families and carers.
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Our Mission

Acts Fast is Abused Children’s Trauma Support, Family Advice & Strategy Team

We are a group of people who are committed to addressing the injustice from the lack of support shown to the protective parent/carer of sexually abused children. Our aim is to ensure that other parent/carers are freed of the guilt, shame and isolation experienced when their child discloses sexual abuse and to reduce the impact of the trauma. ‘We stop and listen while the world carries on’

Dr Andrew Mayers

Psychologist at Bournemouth University and mental health campaigner and educator

“I am proud to be Chair of Trustees for such an important charity. In my work, a significant proportion of the adults that I meet with acute mental health problems have a history of being sexually abused as a child. We know that child abuse is strong predictor of mental illness in adulthood. I see my role as helping reduce the impact of abuse on later mental health problems, and guide the charity on governance. Acts Fast provide support to non-offending parents, carers and family (and the chid) where there has been sexual abuse. All too often following an investigation into child sexual abuse, when the Police, social services, and child psychology teams have withdrawn, there is no one left yet to support the family. Yet, this is the time they need most support, not least coming to terms with the impact of the abuse. Acts Fast fill that gap. I am feel privileged to lead the Act Fast trustees as we look to build on the great work done so far.

On behalf on Acts Fast, I would also like to thank Martyn Underhill, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, as he steps down as Patron. His support and sponsorship has helped the charity though the early stages of our work. His guidance and influence has enabled us to really start making a difference across Dorset.”

Please look around our website, and please do consider donating or offering to help the team in some way.


Dorset SARC
(Sexual Assult Referral Centre)

Helpline: 01202 552056
(24/7 365 days a year)
Email: info@the-shores.org.uk

The Samaritans
Helpline: 116 123 (24/7 365 days a year)
Email: jo@samaritans.org
Dorset Police
999 (emergency only)


For children and young people
Helpline: 0800 1111 (24 hours)
Also 24 hour email and online support available