“I just want to thank you. When I first came to you, I had nobody to talk to about the rape and you totally supported me through the whole process. You walked me all the way through everything and made sense of a horrible situation I was in, and I don’t know how I would have managed alone. You literally saved my life. I had the support of someone who absolutely understood me and my situation with absolutely no judgement. I felt safe and reassured by her care and knew that I could turn to her any time if needed and she made it such fun. She knew instinctively how to speak to me, and it’s not only been useful but life-changing. The ISVAs were brilliant all the way through with both me and my family, especially my Mum. When I needed them they were there – they still are now. The support fitted around me. I needed the most support at court – they prepared me for it, being with someone who knew what was happening and explaining it to me. It was nice to have someone from outside the family and friends for support. You can say things to them you wouldn’t say to family and friends because you don’t have to protect them. Everything was brilliant, I don’t think I could have done it without them. I rate this service 10/10.” – Jayne, 16
In this interview, Naomi, survivor of childhood sexual abuse and violence tells her story.
Shane talks about the sexual abuse he suffered as a child and his experience working with one of our ISVAs.
IDAS is the largest specialist charity in Yorkshire supporting people affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence.