Comfort, healing from shared pain

Support for sex assault survivors

Many find it difficult to cope after a traumatic experience. They suffer in silence alone. But there is help out there in community. The Sunday Times profiles new support groups - one for victims of sexual assault and two groups for divorced dads.

Lost after being sexually abused at home last October, Valerie sought the company of someone who could understand her trauma.

"I didn't think it would happen to me. Going to the police felt like a daunting thing," said the 19-year-old student who kept quiet about her ordeal, even to her family.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 27, 2018, with the headline 'Support for sex assault survivors'. Print Edition | Subscribe