We hear about different events relevant for survivors of childhood abuse and those supporting them. On these pages you can find out about the appeals that we are aware of, both within the UK and internationally.
If you are running an appealt that you think we should be aware of please send the relevant information to the NAPAC office.
Jimmy Savile: How did he get away with it?
Jimmy Savile 'groomed the nation', according to police. So, how did he get away with committing hundreds of serious sexual offences inside public institutions? He abused in schools, hospitals and the BBC. The NSPCC say he was "hiding in plain sight". But what went wrong and could it happen again?
BBC News is very interested in talking to survivors of Savile's abuse to hear your thoughts on the enquires and investigations into Savile's abuse.
We're working closely with NAPAC, trying to piece together how he got away with it, this is for background research.
Please get in touch with senior BBC producer, Owen Phillips on 07890 083 281 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for private and confidential chat about this project. Thanks for reading this.
Title Role are an experienced factual TV company working closely with NAPAC on a programme about the Jimmy Savile case and its wider effect on society’s attitudes towards child abuse. We would be very interested in talking to victims of Savile’s abuse who are prepared to speak about their experiences. Of course any information would be treated in the strictest confidence and any interview could be conducted anonymously and with a representative from NAPAC present if appropriate.
We appreciate how hard it must be even contemplating speaking about events like these but we hope in making this programme more people may be encouraged to come forward, thus further challenging the stigma attached to this terrible crime.
Please call Hannah Mason on 0161 834 2000 or email email@example.com for a confidential chat or to ask any questions you may have.
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- URGENT APPEAL
- BBC- Urgently want to talk to former pupils of Royal Alexandra
School in Reigate and Royal Caledonian School in Bushey about abuse.
- URGENT APPEAL
- CEOP are putting out a report tomorrow highlighting an extremely disturbing trend...the rise in live streaming of abuse. Channel 5 News are looking to interview someone who has been sexually abused as a young person...where the abuse was streamed live on the internet. If you would be able to help us source such a person, we would be able to guarantee anonymity if required. We’d like to film with them tomorrow, ideally in the morning and the interview would air at 1700 and 1830.
Please do call if you wish to discuss this further.
Jacqui Fuller - 0207 098 2866
Channel 5 Appeal
After David Cameron’s pledge to stop the rise of images of child abuse online, we at Channel 5 News are looking to talk to survivors of such abuse. An interview would form part of a series about keeping children safe online. We want to show this is not a victimless crime, and to illustrate the impact on the children involved, both in the short and long term.
Please do get in touch if you wish to discuss this further, and I can explain in more detail. We would of course be able to guarantee anonymity at all times if required.
- Contact Info: Tessa Chapman
Chief Correspondent, Channel 5 News
A group of researchers, led by Dr Amaka Offiah at Sheffield University, are aiming to develop a decision tool database that will help doctors distinguish accidental from abusive fractures.
The researchers are currently seeking opinions from key stakeholders regarding their project. As part of this, they are looking for volunteers from members of the public to take part in a telephone interview to discuss their views on what issues they think the researchers should include in the database.
All answers will be anonymous and non-one will be able to tell who gave the answers. Neither the database nor the answers to the telephone interview will be publically accessible. Interviews will take place in 2014/2015.
If you are interested, then please email Dr Offiah on firstname.lastname@example.org
URGENT MEDIA REQUEST
Colleagues at the BBC are urgently looking to speak to someone (an adult survivor) who has come
forward to speak of the abuse following the Jimmy Savile scandal. They don't have to be a survivor
of his crimes necessarily but someone prompted by the publicity. The BBC would like to interview the
person and they can be anonymous. As you know, NAPAC does not keep our callers contact details but
if you are one of those people and you are willing to speak (and remember this is good publicity for
NAPAC) then please contact Laura Harmes on 0161 335 6501 or email email@example.com.
They are hoping to speak to someone this week. Thanks.
Appeal for Participants:
I am a Masters student currently studying Investigative Psychology with the IRCIP at the University of Huddersfield. I am conducting a study into how attitudes and perceptions of paedophiles differ between members of the general public and adult victims of child sexual abuse.
- If you are over 18 and would like to participate follow the link below:
All responses are submitted anonymously. However, I would like to stress that I am not requesting any information or details of the participants actual experiences, just their attitudes and perceptions of child sex offenders.
Please feel free to contact me for more information.
Contact info: Claira Newton U0866531@unimail.hud.ac.uk
Closer Magazine Appeal
- My name is Ellie Henman and I work on the features desk for Closer magazine. I was wondering if you may be able to kindly help me?
We have been following the story of George St Angeli, one of the first of over 43 convicted sex offenders to be taken off the list after a law change – and wish to raise awareness of this issue.
Sally Marston has bravely waived her anonymity to tell her story of this subject – and her fears for the future, knowing now that George is no longer on the list.
If you are interested please contact Ellie.
Contact Info: Ellie Henman
- BBC Appeal
I’m a reporter with the BBC – and I’m looking into the growing problem of children sexually abusing other children. I’m looking for someone who was abused as a child by a child perpetrator and would be willing to talk to me about it. It would be in confidence and I would be more than happy to speak on the phone first before meeting up. I can assure you the subject will be handled with the utmost sensitivity. Please contact me if you’re interested on Sima.Kotecha@bbc.co.uk. Thanking you.
- CRIME AND COVER UP – INDIEGOGO FUNDING CAMPAIGN LAUNCH
when: Wednesday 15th May, 2013
- After three highly successful films into Catholic child abuse in Ireland, Brazil and the USA, Sarah Macdonald and Make World Media will focus their attention in the UK, and make a new documentary about sexual abuse by priests and religious of the Roman Catholic Church in the United Kingdom.
‘Crime & Cover Up’ will be one of the first documentaries of its type to be funded on the crowd sourcing website Indiegogo.com. The campaign will go LIVE on WEDNESDAY 15th MAY 2013 for 60 days and the team hopes to raise $100,000USD for the film.
‘Crime & Cover Up’ will expose the true scale of widespread, systematic child abuse that has remained hidden within the Catholic Church in England and Wales for decades.
To date, there has never been an appropriate, independent statutory investigation into Clerical sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales. For more than a decade Roman Catholic leaders in England and Wales have insisted that they acted early to address this issue and properly protect children in their care. But we know this isn't true. We hope this documentary will expose the shocking truth about abuse by priests and religious in diocese all across England and Wales and force the British government to implement a statutory, entirely independent inquiry into the scale of clerical sexual abuse, and legislate for mandatory reporting of child abuse within schools. Currently schools in England and Wales’ child protection policies are based on ‘guidelines’ only and not on laws requiring mandatory reporting of all concerns to the relevant state authorities.
This isn't a story based in the distant past; it’s a story of abuse and cover up that post dates the revelations in the USA, Ireland and across the Roman Catholic World. These revelations will reignite the scandals that have dogged the Roman Catholic Church over the past twenty years or more and one which will challenge the newly elected Pope Francis to respond to clerical crimes.
‘Crime & Cover Up’ will bring together a team critical in breaking the silence surrounding Catholic child abuse in Ireland and the USA. Award-winning investigative journalist and filmmaker, Sarah Macdonald will be supported by Colm O’Gorman, survivor of clergy child abuse, author and renowned human rights activist. Father Tom Doyle, a world renowned canon lawyer, and Dr. Ann Olivarius, managing partner of law firm AO Advocates, also lend their full support and expertise to the film.
This is a global funding raising campaign for a documentary with global repercussions. Funding this documentary will be a large step towards gaining full recognition for all victims of Clergy child abuse worldwide.
To watch our campaign video and to donate please go to: www.indiegogo.com/projects/crime-cover-up
Thank you for your support.
- ‘We are currently looking for pro-bono support to redesign, revamp and revitalise our website. If you, or someone you know, knows web design and would like to talk to us about helping out for FREE or as a donation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Participation in Masters Research Project
More Info: Are you a female counsellor/therapist/counselling psychologist? And are you willing to reflect on your experiences of working with female survivors of childhood sexual abuse?
If the answer is yes, please email Roberta: email@example.com. And I can go through the details with you and arrange a time to meet. Also, there are more details about the study and the participant requirement on the sheet “Recruitment Information”.
- Participants consent form
Thank you for taking an interest in this project.
Documentary photographer, Emily Macinnes, is looking for male survivors of childhood abuse to share their stories. The aim of the project is to raise awareness about a subject that is often kept quiet despite its frightening prevalence - with 1 in 6 males abused before the age of 18. In sharing your stories I hope that the many others who have not yet had the courage to reach out for support will find comfort in knowing they are not alone.
Participants will be kept anonymous due to the sensitivity of the subject. If you're interested in taking part or just want to find out more about the project please email Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to hearing from you,
- My name is Dominque Boone I am conducting a completely anonymous survey that is geared at understanding how men view themselves after stressful life events. This survey has been approved by the Radford University's review board. The survey is COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS and is open to any individual who identifies as male (regardless of past experiences) and who is over the age of 18.
- If you are a male and are 18 years or older and are interested in providing COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS feedback on a research survey exploring how men view themselves after stressful or difficult life events, please click the link below. http://survey.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_22YMAJmEe2TCAZL
- If you have any questions please contact Dominique Boone dominiqueNboone@gmail.com
My name is Becca Bland and I'm a freelance journalist, working on a campaign about estrangement. I would really like to talk to abuse survivors that have cut contact with their families and have somehow managed a reconciliation. I am working on a piece for the Family section of The Guardian which is trying to break down the stigma about standing alone in the world and the difficulties in doing so. My questions would not be directed at your childhood story but about the rational behind your decision to try and reconcile such a difficult situation and how you went about doing so.
- Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have: email@example.com
We are currently working on a report for our national news programme on CEOP's "alert button" . This follows a recent case in Switzerland when a victim of a paedophile was groomed online, and then went on to meet her abuser. The idea of the report is to see whether Switzerland should adopt the alert button and some of the measures that have been adopted in the UK to combat sexual exploitation of children and minors.
We are looking for a survivor who would be willing to be interviewed to camera on this topic, and answer two questions: "would something like the CEOP alert button have helped in your case?" and a question about the pain of knowing there are pictures of abuse on the internet.
We have filmed at CEOP and will be filming with the Internet Watch Foundation on Wednesday 6 March. The interview, which would be pre-recorded, would take place in the afternoon or evening of 6 March (possibly at the offices of Napac). Should the interviewee wish to, we could of course disguise his or her identity during the filming.
From previous work with survivors, we are very aware of how difficult this is, but also know that hearing a victim of abuse is the most effective way of getting across the impact of abuse. Please feel free to contact me directly or via Napac if you need more details about the interview.
Contact Details: Etienne Duval, London correspondent RTS national Swiss Television firstname.lastname@example.org 07785 346 356
My name is Claudia and I am an Assistant Producer on 4thought.tv - Channel 4's religious and ethics programme that airs every day after the Channel 4 news.
You can take a look at all of our episodes on www.4thought.tv .
I am looking to speak to survivors of child sexual abuse about their experiences. How did it affect them in their adult life?
If you are interested in having a chat please do get in touch on the numbers below or to email@example.com
All calls will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Contact: Claudia Headon
Assistant Producer, 4thought.tv
02890 397 333 / 07583824535
Join in at www.4thought.tv
Follow the discussion @4thoughttv
Research examining adverse childhood experience and negative outcomes.
- please click here for more details
- Please Contact:
Jacqui A Hart
Research Centre for Applied Psychology
Institute for Applied Social Research
University of Bedfordshire
Tel: 01582 743154
THE THINGS THEY SAY...
- More info: Is anyone willing to PLEASE help with this article? From my own experience as a target of childhood sexual
abuse (and other abuses) I got the idea for a feature about the long term potentially devastating effects on a target
of the 'THINGS THEY SAY'. That is - the things a perpetrator tells their target, either to coerce or
to threaten what will happen if the child tells someone.
Each case is unique and I'm keen to find people who don't mind being identified with a pic,
though of course the name of the perpetrator can/will be changed. Sometimes a fee is paid by the magazine/newspaper.
I also want to do an article on 'THRIVORS'. Is anyone willing to help with this, to show that it's possible
to not only get over being abused but proactively go on to lead a happy, productive life, and maybe even go on to do something
PLEASE help me spread a message of hope by raising awareness of consequences AND that we really can get over this.
Amanda Smith - Freelance Journalist - 07950 934627
- Are particularly keen to speak to someone who raised a complaint or voiced concerns about Savile with any of the authorities concerned. They are interested in revealing who knew what he was up to and what was, or more often, was not done to challenge him.
They can of course offer any interviewee anonymity or if someone wants to speak to them off-camera we can work with that too.
Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org who will put you in-touch with the relevant person.
- ZDF German Television would urgently like to speak to someone who was abused by Savile. They seek to understand the extent of his abuse and why he was able to get away with it for so long. They can of course offer any interviewee anonymity.
Contact Info: Mo Davies: Davies.M@zdf.de
Appeal for a Testimony!
Hello, I am a journalist working for the weekly news programme Sept à Huit on French broadcaster TF1. We are currently preparing a story about the Jimmy Savile affair. We will talk to people, who have been in touch with Sir Savile over the years, politicians and journalists.
We are also looking for victims who might be willing to speak out on the matter. Such an interview would take no longer than 1h30 and would ideally be done in a place such as Duncroft School. I understand this is a very delicate subject, but such a testimony would really help us to better understand what happened during all these years.
We are planning on coming to the UK as early as next week.
Please do feel free to email or call me if you need more information.
Many thanks and best wishes, Lisa.
- Contact Info: Lisa LouisJournalist 0033 6 76 93 07 84
Closer Magazine - Victims of Jimmy Savile
- I'm a journalist working for Closer magazine and I'm interested in speaking to any abuse victims who have spoken out in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal. If you have read about other victims suffering abuse at the hands of Savile and this has prompted you to contact NAPAC about your own childhood abuse, we'd really like to hear from you. We would ideally prefer our case study to be identified, however we would consider anonymous stories too. We can also pay a donation to NAPAC for your time and trouble. If you would be interested in appearing in Closer magazine please contact: email@example.com
Research into the effects of Childhood maltreatment on the brain.
- I am based at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London and am carrying out an important research into the effect of childhood physical abuse on the brain using MRI brain imaging. The aim of the research is to find out more about the effect of childhood maltreatment on the brain and we hope that, ultimately, this knowledge will inform therapy and treatment for abuse survivors as well as help to raise awareness of the detrimental effect that child abuse can have. I am contacting you to appeal for any help that you could offer at all in assisting us with recruitment of volunteers. This could either be by helping us to identify suitable individuals and seeking consent for us to contact them, or by simply giving out some information sheets about the study.
We are looking for 3 groups of (right-handed) young people between the ages 12-20: 1) Healthy young people 2) Young people who have been physically abused before the age of 12 3) Young people who have NOT experienced physical/sexual abuse BUT have experienced another traumatic event (Ideally volunteers will be diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), however, we will asses this so it is not essential) Volunteers will need to be able to come along to the Institute of Psychiatry for a brain scan and to fill in some questionnaires with a carer/family member (if under 16 years old).
They will be given Â£70 to thank them for their time and we can arrange transport or reimburse them for travel. Thank you very much,
Contact: Lena Lena L. Lim Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (PO 85) Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London De Crespigny Park London SE5 8AF firstname.lastname@example.org
Victims of Female Perpetrated Sexual Abuse and thier experiences of Disclosure (APPEAL)
More Info: Please Download Flyer for all information on this appeal.
Contact: Hannah Clements, Please contact Hannah via her blog contact page at http://fpsaresearch.blogspot.co.uk