Kingdom Abuse Survivors Project

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Kingdom Abuse Survivors Project

Kingdom Abuse Survivors Project (KASP) aims to eliminate the debilitating effects of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) on adult survivors through providing support, counselling and training. Funding from the Scottish Government enables women to better understand the links between their experience of CSA and their vulnerability to domestic abuse as adults.  KASP’s support further enables women to address their symptoms, grow their confidence and thus decrease the likelihood of future abusive relationships. 

KASP delivers training to staff from statutory and third sector services to increase their skills, confidence and knowledge when responding to disclosures of abuse and gender based violence.                                                                                                                                     

“L”

“L” had experienced physical, sexual and psychological abuse in childhood from a number of abusers, including her mother. Her relationship with her ex-partner had continued this abuse, and her three young children had been removed and were placed for adoption.  She has moderate learning disabilities.

When she first approached KASP, L was severely affected by agoraphobia and anxiety and couldn’t maintain eye contact.  Over the course of three years of counselling and support sessions, she began to express her feelings and trauma.  She managed to process some of the guilt she carried from being unable to protect her own children.  And she recognised her mother’s abuse and failure to protect her. 

This had a huge impact on L; she reported feeling lighter and less responsible.  She looked and acted more confidently, started taking pride in her appearance and began to smile and laugh. After attending confidence building groups, she now travels by public transport.  She enjoys an active social life and has maintained a healthy, long-term relationship.

Throughout KASP’s support, L maintained regular, supervised contact with her children. Towards the end of support, she was able to express her opinion confidently by letter and in person to the children’s panel. She accepted the adoption plan for her children and contributed to this willingly, recognising she could not care for them longer term.

L: “I’ve known my support worker for about 4/5 years! Thank you for your encouragement and your patience and understanding-you’re kind, good and understanding!   I know for the first time it wasn’t my fault! I wish I could have done more for my kids but know now I was recovering and I couldn’t have! 

Good things - I’ve a long term partner and his family in my life, secured a permanent house I actually FEEL the feeling of happiness again. I don’t let negative things drag me down no more I know my bairns are settled and I’ve done the best I can!”