Peer On Peer Abuse
Peer on peer abuse
Peer-on-peer sexual abuse is sexual abuse that happens between children of a similar age or stage of development. It can happen between any number of children, and can affect any age group (Department for Education (DfE), 2021a). It can be harmful to the children who display it as well as those who experience it
‘Everyone’s Invited’ was built on the voices of brave survivors who shared their testimonies of their own experiences of rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse whether physical, mental, emotional, or verbal, sexual harassment and uninvited attention.
This movement was created in response to these stories that reveal the urgent need to tackle deeply entrenched patterns of abuse that exist all around us.
Rape culture exists when thoughts, behaviours, & attitudes in a society or environment have the effect of normalising and trivialising sexual violence. When behaviours like ‘upskirting’ or the non-consensual sharing of intimate photos are normalised this acts as a gateway to criminal acts such as sexual assault and rape. Behaviours such as misogyny, slut shaming, victim blaming, and sexual harassment create an environment where sexual violence and abuse can exist and thrive. All behaviours, attitudes, thoughts and experiences in this culture are interconnected.
St Thomas More Catholic School and Sixth Form College take the safety of all students seriously and do not tolerate any form of sexual abuse and will take any occurrence of such seriously. Our aim is to support potential victims of sexual harassment and abuse, to educate and work in collaboration with all students, ensuring sexual harassment and abuse is not part of the college culture.
All disclosures will be taken seriously and there will be no judgement . If you have been affected, please do not hesitate to contact any teacher, tutor, learning mentor, head of year, head of sixth form or any other member of the Safeguarding team:
Alternatively, there is a NEW Dedicated NSPCC helpline specifically for potential victims of Sexual harassment and abuse
An independent helpline for children, parents and professionals to seek expert, sensitive advice from the NSPCC and safely report abuse that has happened or is happening in educational settings. The helpline is a dedicated line for children and young people who have been victims of abuse and for worried adults and professionals that need support and guidance.
NSPCC offer advice for anyone concerned about current or non-recent abuse.
Other Support Services:
- Rape Crisis – National organisation offering support and counselling for those affected by rape and sexual abuse. See website for local groups or contact directory enquiries.
- The Survivors Trust – Rape and sexual abuse can happen to anyone regardless of their age, gender, race, religion, culture or social status. Living with the consequences of rape and sexual abuse can be devastating. We believe that all survivors are entitled to receive the best possible response to their needs whether or not they choose to report.
- Women Against Rape – This is the joint website of Women Against Rape and Black Women’s Rape Action Project. Both organisations are based on self-help & provide support, legal information and advocacy. We campaign for justice & protection for all women and girls, including asylum seekers, who have suffered sexual, domestic and/or racist violence.
- NHS – Help after rape and sexual assault. Sex facts, Advice and support, Genital Health and STI’s. If you have been sexually assaulted, whether as an adult or a young person, it is important to remember that it wasn’t your fault. Sexual violence is a crime, no matter who commits it or where it happens. Don’t be afraid to get help.
- RASASC (Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre) – National Helpline: 01483 546400. (7.30pm-9.30pm Mon-Thur) National helpline for survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse, their families and friends. Provides emotional and practical support.
- Getting Better & Moving On (Chayn) – The Journey to recovery after abuse and trauma. Chayn produces open and free resources crowdsourced with love from survivors, experts & people who give a damn around the world.
- Victim Support – Our services are confidential, free and available to anyone who’s been raped or sexually assaulted, now or in the past. We can help, regardless of whether you have told the police or anyone else about the attack. Our volunteers can visit you at home (if you want us to, and if doing so will not put you at further risk) or somewhere else if you prefer. If you don’t want to see anyone face-to- face, you can also talk to us on the phone, either at one of our local offices or at the national Victim Supportline.
- Survivors UK – National Helpline: 0845 122 1201 | Ways we can help. We understand the effect which male rape & sexual abuse can have upon those who are forced to experience it, and we’re well aware of the traumatic process which it can set in motion. If you are a man who has suffered sexual abuse or rape in the past, you can turn to us for help. We have a range of support options to help you recover from your experience and put the past behind you.
- How to Support a Survivor – The only national organisation offering support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual, emotional abuse, narcissism, and neglect. NAPAC offer a free and confidential telephone support line and an email support service, along with the NAPAC website full of resources and information for survivors, those who care for them, and professionals.
- Domestic and Sexual Abuse 24 – Hour Helpline – 0808 802 1414 The Domestic and Sexual Abuse helpline is for men and women affected by domestic or sexual violence. You can contact the helpline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Safeline – Safeline provides specialist, tailored support for anyone affected by sexual abuse or rape and works to prevent the sexual exploitation of children. They offer a range of interventions to help prevent child sex abuse and training interventions for professionals who work with or are in contact with people affected by sexual abuse and rape. When someone close to us has been sexually abused, it can feel frightening and overwhelming. Safeline offers a range of support options for parents, partners, siblings and friends of survivors of abuse.
- The Good Friend Guide (Chayn) – How to be supportive to a friend or family member experiencing abuse.
- SARAS Self Help Guide for Women – This self help guide is for survivors of rape or sexual abuse who want to understand and process their own personal reactions to their experience. When you have suffered rape or sexual abuse it can affect how you think, how you feel, how you behave and how you see the world.
- SARAS Self Help Guide for Men – This self help guide is for male survivors of rape, sexual assault or sexual abuse who want to understand and process their own personal reactions to their experience. When you have suffered rape or sexual abuse it can affect how you think, how you feel, how you behave and how you see the world. You don’t have to do it alone.
- My Little Book of Coping Mechanisms – Abuse impacts on us in many different ways; this book is full of coping methods for you to try in times of need. The techniques in this book can be used as small, everyday steps to help you heal from the abuse you experienced. What happened to you does not define you; it is in the past. This is your time to heal.
- Guides for LGBT+ Survivors – How to be supportive to a friend or family member experiencing abuse.