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Radio4 kindly granted us an appeal slot which will be aired on 24th February Tune in and Listen out for Michael Mansfield QC who will be making the appeal.
Message from NAPAC Founder and CEO Pete Saunders.
Those who have been attempting to get in touch with NAPAC have probably realised by now that we are being overwhelmed with requests for help and support. Well that is why we exist, to help and support our fellow survivors or their families. However, we never anticipated the many thousands who have come forward these past weeks following the outrageous Savile revelations. We know there are millions of survivors out there but the personal(and media) response has been phenomenal.What we are extremely conscious of is that we are a relatively small charity responding to massive demand. So NAPAC needs to expand rapidly to meet that demand and the only way we can do that is with more resources. To get those resources we need funds.
There are two massive favours you could do for us right now. One is to write to your Member of Parliament asking them to support NAPAC. I won't suggest the format of the letter but a short message to your representative in Parliament should receive a fairly swift response. The other thing is to consider making a small (or large if you are wealthy!) donation to NAPAC each month. If every survivor in the UK was to donate just a pound or two each month we would be able to get help to just about everyone who needs it. We need to get our support groups up and running across the whole of the country. Please consider these two things. Either will make a huge difference to us and both would be perfect! If there is any other way you feel you can help us please get in touch. Thank you. Pete
Clip of Pete speaking http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHtYCvNJlwY&feature=youtu.be
It has been a great start to the year and we would especially like to welcome our new patron Anne Nolan, heres a pic of Pete (CEO) meeting her for the first time.
When: 14th July 2011
Speaking at the 5th Annual Relate Institute Lecture, July 2011, The Sun’s Agony Aunt Deidre Sanders paid tribute to the CEO of NAPAC Pete Saunders and for the ground-breaking the work of the organisation.
"We now have a far greater understanding of the prevalence of child abuse, especially sexual abuse, and its aftermath. It’s hard to realise now but when I started at The Sun (30 years ago) almost none of the general public and even few professionals realised just how widespread a problem this is or the long-term effect on lives and relationships.
My eyes were first opened in the early Eighties when I wrote two books based on surveys of 10,000 women, 5,000 men and their experiences of love and sex. I included questions on sexual harassment and abuse, and was shocked at the responses – around one in 10 had been victims.
In the mid-Eighties I was invited to be a member of the NSPCC Commission of Inquiry Into the Prevention of Child Abuse, as well as talking to paediatricians and social workers and so on, I suggested we reach out to readers through my column.
More than a thousand who had suffered abuse as a child wrote in long, heartfelt, heart-rending letters of ruined childhoods and wrecked relationships, and these, the NSPCC’S Childhood Matters report and the personal energy of CEO Peter Saunders led to the setting up of NAPAC, National Association of People Abused in Childhood, of which was I was a founder member and am proud patron.
As well as the help now available to survivors, I know NAPAC makes such a huge difference simply for survivors to know they are not the only one and not to blame. My peace of mind as an agony aunt often relies on being able to refer readers on for support or more specialist guidance to groups such as NAPAC.”
When: 2nd June 2011
More info: Esther Rantzen CBE opened the newly expanded Support Line Centre at NAPAC's headquarters. Local dignitaries, invited guests, staff, trustees and volunteers helped celebrate the opening. Download the press release here.
More info: NAPAC's Chair of Trustees, Jonathan Bird, has been interviewed by The Observer. TBC when appears in print.