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28 March 2024 | Sexual abuse podcasts | Podcasts | Article by Danielle Vincent

Survivor-Led Conversations on a Silent Issue

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Join Danielle Vincent and her colleague Kathleen Hallisey on the HJ Talks About Abuse podcast, sponsored by the abuse team at Hugh James, as they welcome guest Tanith McCulloch, the Sibling Sexual Abuse Project Officer. This particular episode aims to shed light on the seldom-mentioned issue of sibling sexual abuse, offering insights from a survivor-led project aimed at empowering survivors and addressing the legal implications and broader issues they face.

Tanith McCulloch introduces her notable work in driving funding towards programs aimed at adult survivors of familial sexual abuse. www.siblingsexualabusesupport.org

A major part of the conversation focuses on society’s lack of understanding and the associated stigma surrounding sibling sexual abuse, emphasising the crucial need to empower survivors.

There is discussion about the new Hollyoaks storyline focusing on sibling sexual abuse between Frankie and JJ, the guidance that Tanith and her team have provided to Hollyoaks, and the importance of a major mainstream soap opera highlighting this hidden abuse.

Recognising the significance of community support, a virtual network exclusive for adult survivors of Sibling Sexual Abuse (SSA) is discussed. Professional development opportunities for professionals in this field, guided directly by survivors, is another vital segment of the project. The episode wraps up with a crucial discussion defining sibling sexual abuse, tackling cultural misconceptions, and elucidating the importance of survivors’ feelings towards abusive experiences, irrespective of societal-defined thresholds of abuse.

Intended as an informative resource for anyone touched by or working in the field of sexual abuse, this episode is an eye-opening encounter with the reality behind the silence of sibling sexual abuse. This survivor-led dialogue works towards breaking the stigma by bringing the issue out in open.

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Author bio

Danielle Vincent

Senior Associate

Danielle is a Senior Associate in the Abuse Specialist Personal Injury Department. She specialises in representing survivors of abuse and has experience in bringing claims against a number of institutions as well as individual abusers.

Disclaimer: The information on the Hugh James website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. If you would like to ensure the commentary reflects current legislation, case law or best practice, please contact the blog author.


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