Not enough is yet known about the needs of adult survivors of
childhood sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is hidden and the distress and
shame that survivors often feel prevents many from seeking help.
Although there is a plethora of research relating to the effects of
childhood sexual abuse and a growing appreciation of the effects this
can have on adult survivors, the lack of a co-ordinated approach in
relation to service provision, training and policy issues for adult
survivors of childhood sexual abuse is problematic (Stern Review,
2010; Survivors Trust, 2010). Thus, the purpose of this research
was to provide an evidence base to inform future developments in
policy, practice and service provision to better meet the needs of
adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and their current families.