"Numbing the Pain: Survivors' voices of childhood sexual abuse and addiction" One in Four Report

One in Four, a charity for survivors of sexual violence and abuse, has released a report about childhood sexual abuse and addiction. Findings from the report, based on personal accounts by survivors, include:

  • drugs and alcohol were used by some survivors as a means of regulating their emotions

  • addiction services rarely made the link between substance use and the trauma caused by childhood sexual abuse.

Recommendations include: train staff in addiction services to respond to disclosure; establish a process for supporting survivors and create links between local addiction services and survivor support agencies.