Is SIA for me?
Sometimes it can be hard and confusing to name something that has happened without your consent and was unwanted. This may be more difficult because you may know or be in a relationship with the person who is responsible for the incidents. Or there may be consequences for you if you name it or tell someone. It can be scary to think that something traumatic has happened to you.
You may also fear that by seeking help you may bring ‘shame’ or bring ‘dishonour’ to your family.
The SIA project is here to support and empower you. We will listen, believe and support you at a pace that you are comfortable with. We firmly believe that you are not responsible for what you have experienced but also understand how it may sometimes feel like you are. There will be no pressure at any stage to disclose anything that you are not comfortable with.
What is trauma?
Trauma is a word used to describe how the mind and body responds when a person experiences or witnesses a situation that is threatening or dangerous or outside of their control. Common effects of trauma can include anger, flashbacks, nightmares or sleep problems, panic attacks, anxiety. When it is of a sexual nature there can be shame, guilt and self-blame.
What is consent?
Consent is the ability to make a choice about a sexual act freely and without any consequences. Also, that you have the capacity to make that choice eg you’re not under the influence of drugs, alcohol, etc during the time. It also means that there is no fear or pressure of physical, emotional, verbal or psychological nature that is influencing their decision.
What you tell us remains confidential within our support team. We will not tell anyone you are accessing support. We will not give anyone any information about you unless you want us to. There may be some circumstances where we are required by law to share information with other agencies. We will always discuss this with you first. If this is something you are concerned about or need more information about you can ask for our confidentiality policy or discuss this further with your worker.