It takes strength and commitment 
to make a conscious decision to 
work through confused feelings 
that rape may have left you with, 
but we at NRC will try and help 
you through the effects of rape. 

Incest is a term used to describe sexual intercourse between close blood relatives. 

Child Sexual Abuse 

This is a general term used to describe any sexual abusive act committed against a child. When an adult, using his or her “adultness” or power and authority, takes advantage of a child’s vulnerable innocence, trust and dependency for his or her own sexual gratification and/or other adults. 
 
Often it commences as a “game” with rewards, bribes and gifts, perhaps continuing with threats and emotional blackmail not to “tell”. 

It may start as - 
 
Non-touching Sexual Abuse 

Such as sexual comments, language and inappropriate innuendo, genital exposure, voyeurism, exposure to pornographic material or the taking of sexual explicit photographs. 

It may lead to - 
 
Physical Sexual Abuse 

Such as acts of fondling – breasts or genital area, sexual kissing, masturbation, digital penetration, sodomy, oral or full sexual intercourse. 
 

The Effects of Incest 

The effects of incest can be devastating. Appropriate boundaries and moral codes become confused with conflict of emotions say, between loving and wanting a family unit, yet hating what the perpetrator has done. 
 

The Effects of Child Sexual Abuse 

The effects of child sexual abuse, regardless of whether the assailant is related to the victim or not, can be a minefield of trauma and emotional problems. 
 
Often adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse have been coerced into keeping the abuse a secret. This can be a lonely and isolating experience bringing issues of fear, guilt, responsibility and “not being believed”. 
 
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What we do 

Northamptonshire Rape Crisis (NRC) recognises that the long term effects of childhood sexual abuse can influence all aspects of a survivor’s daily life. From relationships in the workplace, to parenting, appropriate socialisation, behaviour and communication. The stigmatisation a survivor of child sexual abuse can feel can lead them to feel isolated and apart from society and the community. We understand that it may take many years before they feel ready to confront their feelings and the reality that it happened. 
 
At NRC we provide a free, confidential and non-judgemental support to survivor of sexual violence throughout the county of Northamptonshire 
 
We listen. We support. We believe and we know that healing is possible