The first target for our members is to try and raise funds to prevent sexual abuse counsellors and ISVA workers at Krasacc from losing their jobs in March 2016.
The video to the right is a discussion with one of the current counsellors. It talks about the organisation and the challenges ahead.
Our aim is to provide specialised, professional, free support and counselling to women and men over the age of sixteen living in the Kirklees area, who are experiencing/have experienced Rape, sexual violence or domestic violence/abuse.
For more details on Krasacc, visit their website www.krasacc.co.uk
Case Studies (names have been changed to protect clients)
Samanthais 22 years old and was abused by her father and grandfather from the age of 4years old up to age 14years old. Since being 11 years old Samantha regularly missed school, and began to drink alcohol to escape from her emotions and thoughts. When counselling commenced she had been arrested 5 times within an 18month period for being drunk and disorderly. She currently lives on her own with a 2 year old son; she is unemployed and has no support from her family members. She was diagnosed with anxiety and depression when she was 17 years old to which she continues to use medication for her mental health. She also displays symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder often associated with sexual violence as a child. Samantha has experienced domestic violence in her two key past adult relationships.
After 20 sessions of counselling Samantha has been able to decrease her medication for depression & anxiety. She has not been arrested for over 9 months. She has also completed a confidence building course and is going to college.
Jenny - referred by Foundation Housing, soon after her release from prison. Her custodial sentence was for burglary related offences. She had been sexually abused by her step-father for the past 18 years. Her mother suffered from depression and her step-father started abusing her sexually from the age of 5 years, which escalated into full sexual intercourse by age 7. Jenny kept this secret as her step father indicated that this was normal. This continued for the next five years, with Jenny gradually becoming aware that what was happening was not normal. She would try to avoid contact with her step-father, who became increasingly violent and developed a drug habit. To fund this drug habit, he would send Jenny out ‘robbing’ to buy the drugs he needed. Jenny first entered the Criminal Justice System aged 16, when she was sent to a Young Offenders Institution. For the next 6 years she was caught in a spiral of abuse and imprisonment which ended with her trying to commit suicide. At Krasacc, Jenny received 15 counselling sessions, exploring the sexual abuse and the long term impact on her adult life.
Jenny is now living in her own flat in Dewsbury and has not re-offended. She has been able to cut down on her medication and is looking forward to taking part in some work related training, when her mental health improves. She showed tremendous courage by reporting the abuse to the police, but lost the support of her family by doing this. However, the CPS did not take the case forward due to lack of evidence.
Junewas abused from the ages of 5 until 15 years of age; she was sexually and physically abused by her babysitter. He proceeded through the abuse to coerce her into posing for pornographic images he placed on the internet, also groomed her into prostitution of where she was repeatedly raped by the babysitters friends of which he received monies. After running away from home and moving to Huddersfield, June entered into a relationship with an older man who physically abused her throughout their time together. June started drinking heavily and taking drugs of which affected her mental health, June was also prescribed anti depressants and sleeping tablets. At the age of 28, June attempted suicide twice and was assigned a CPN through the Mental Health Service, who in turn referred June to KRASACC. June was in crisis and was picked up for counselling immediately, June was able to explore her past child abuse and the effects it has had on her life. June was eventually able to reduce her drinking and stopped taking drugs, she was enabled to talk about her painful past and eventually open up about the child abuse as well as domestic violence. June accessed long term counselling, she gained confidence and started to focus on the future. June also decided to report her abuser (babysitter), with support from her counsellor she made a statement to the police, who decided to pursue the investigation and take the matter to court, this is ongoing as is June’s recovery.
Client A came to KRASACC in November 2013 after been referred by her GP, Client A disclosed she had been Raped, Sexually Abused and beaten by her own father and step mum over a period of 5years from the age of 7 till around 12/13 years of age. Client A said she had never told anyone about the abuse due to been forced by her father to keep it a secret. Client A said she had to pretend she was a happy child when inside she was dying. Client A grew up with her grandparents due to the violence Client A mother suffered by the hands of her father. Client A disclosed she found it hard to maintain friendships or relationships even into her adulthood. Client A disclosed her reasons for wanting to speak out was to protect her siblings that lived with her Dad; her sister was 7 the same age of client A when her Dad had started to sexually abuse her. The ISVA service explained how we could support Client A through the Criminal Justice Process and advocate on behalf of the client. We carried out a Risk Assessment and completed a support plan with Client A and signed a consent form. With support of the ISVA Client A attended at the Police station to report the abuse, following a statement been made a date was arranged foe Client A to attend and give a video interview, which ISVA supported Client A throughout. Client A had issues with safety, harassment, housing, isolation, debt/budgeting issues mental and emotional issues. A referral was made to appropriate agencies for safety locks on Clients doors and windows and a fire proof letter box was fitted. ISVA gave Client A harassment log book to log any incidents of harassment. An appointment was made with the local housing office to discus and look at Client A options, finally a referral was made to our in house counselling service .It was agreed that ISVA would support Client A around debt and budgeting issues at a later date, a time frame was agreed.
Regular emotional support was given to Client A as well as liaising with the local police force for regular updates around the on-going investigation In time the perpetrators were charged and a date set for the trial, ISVA spoke with the Witness care team and a date was arranged for a pre trial visit. Cient A said this had helped a great deal in meeting the relevant people and seeing the court room where her evidence would be given and the options available to her. Leading up to the trial client A accessed regular support from the ISVA and also used the helpline as and when needed. Client A finally gave evidence and the perpetrators were found guilty, ISVA continued to offer on going support after the trial including signposting onto appropriate statutory and voluntary agencies, form filling and when client A felt ready to apply to further education. Client A is no longer accessing support from ISVA but is at college full time and rebuilding and moving forward with her life.
Client A says without the support, encouragement and belief in me from my ISVA and giving me the choices available to me, I do not think I would be were i am today. My father and my stepmother stole my childhood and a part of my adulthood I will not let them destroy any more I am rebuilding my life and finally looking to the future and have a great bond with my children something I never thought I would see.
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