Breaking the Silence

BTS_cover1The report Breaking the Silence: What young people want to address sexual violence is part of an overall research project which aims to investigate the psycho-social service needs of young people who have experienced sexual abuse in order to support improvements to services for sexual abuse victims/survivors.

The data collection for this report comprised a literature review; stakeholder interviews (16); hui (3), meetings and 26 focus groups with 222 young people aged 13-18.

The Research findings provided us with five themes to focus on:

  • Shifting self-blame
  • Information on sexual violence and support services is easy to access and understand
  • Confidentiality is paramount for youth
  • How our service will change or develop
  • Increase Māori Services for Māori youth

The research, conducted by independent research agency Point Research, was launched in Auckland on November 26, and is now available for public download.

Where to from here?

Phase two of the project is to disseminate the research findings across the sector and other key stakeholder groups.  Our intent is to encourage a multi-sector response, a national campaign and immediate change or improvements to our services.

If you would like to receive further information about phase two of the project, please email Kathryn McPhillips at HELP.

Breaking The Silence can be downloaded from this link.