Due to COVID 19 we had to close our pilot centre in Rochdale a few weeks after opening and this has forced us to evaluate this brave new world we are now in and make decisions about the future. We decided we had no choice but to put the centre on hold due to social distancing and the new regulations and focus instead on setting up our sexual abuse phone line called “Pain into Power”.
Our phone line will be open to survivors of all faiths and backgrounds and will provide a safe place to be heard, and we are building a solid base from which to grow as we carefully nurture this process…
Phase One will be purely for adult survivors who want to talk to a caring, non judgmental person who understands the trauma caused by abuse. Over time we will introduce further phases and provide more support including onward referrals to a whole variety of trusted professional partners which we are now setting up.
The main advantage of this approach is that it allows us to have a national rather than just a local reach, and we can provide essential support to so many more survivors whose trauma and mental health has been even further affected by this pandemic.
At the moment survivors can get in touch with us via our contact page and can also anonymously share their individual stories through our ‘Survivor Stories’ blog. This in itself can be a big step forward, and we are now adding a new real-life story to this section of our website every few days. Our sole aim is to empower survivors and create a safe space where they can grow and feel supported as they begin to take the first tentative steps towards their own recovery…
However, The Maggie Oliver Foundation is not only for people who have been victims of on-street grooming but for survivors of all faiths and backgrounds including those who have experienced any kind of sexual abuse, including FGM and forced marriage. Everyone’s experience of sexual abuse is different, and the foundation exists to help all survivors transform their pain into power as they continue on their deeply personal journeys.
One of the real after effects of sexual abuse is that survivors are often extremely isolated, feeling totally forgotten and alone, not knowing where to turn for the help they need to begin to rebuild their shattered lives.
But you are not alone any more!
We are here to support you. Our “Pain into Power” will offer you the opportunity to talk to our empathetic supporters in complete confidence, a trained supporter who understands what you have been through. Many of our volunteers have their own “lived experience”, which means they are non judgmental and often understand something of what you may be going through or how you may be feeling.
A problem shared is often a problem halved……