What a year! We’ve gone from finding our feet to spreading our wings

Written by TMOF volunteer ambassador - Dr Linda Jane Newby A celebration of our achievements in 2021 2021 was a truly transformational year for The Maggie Oliver Foundation. As we start a busy new year with lots more exciting plans, we wanted to pause to reflect on...


NO ONE GIVES A SHIT ABOUT VICTIMS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, it has taken me a lifetime to build up the courage to write this, but here we go….. I was born in 1966, a brother to a loving family in London and my parents at the time were hard working and for all their work...

Poem by John Roedel

my brain and heart divorced a decade ago over who was to blame about how big of a mess have become eventually, they couldn't be in the same room with each other now my head and heart share custody of me stay with my brain during the week and my heart gets me on...

This is my life, written down on paper

My name is ‘Rosie’. This is my life written down on paper. My childhood was not a very good one. My parents were heroin addicts and as you can imagine they were not very good at being parents. Throughout my whole life I had no boundaries no one to tell me off. I was...

Natural Thinking by Ria Walton

the frondescence of flourishing leaves  coming to life the essence of new life for spring the re birth of trees the birds singing their melodies sweet songs of morning nature alive with fresh new growth buds blooming their energy forthwith to bring, the floral...

The Three Girls Workshop

Three Girls Workshop With lockdown having restricted the hosting of events ‘in person’ the Foundation recently ran on online meet-up centred around the BAFTA award winning BBC mini-series Three Girls.  The programme (for which Maggie worked as the Programme...


By Ryan Hooper, PA Chief Reporter  A new, specific law is required to give more rights to those affected by crime, the Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales has said. Dame Vera Baird QC said a change of culture'' was long overdue'' to look after'' victims of...

helping survivors of abuse move on with their lives

helping survivors of abuse move on with their lives



Maggie Oliver is best known as the Detective-turned- whistleblower who resigned from Greater Manchester Police in late 2012 in order to expose the now infamous Rochdale Grooming Scandal. Her ability to connect with people and encourage them to speak out against injustice paired with her grit and determination to expose the truth eventually led to her becoming Programme Consultant on the multi award-winning dramatisation of the case entitled Three Girls (BBC One) which brought some of the issues to public attention for the first time. Maggie was also a key contributor for The Betrayed Girls documentary (BBC One)

Maggies relationship with the victims of child grooming continues to this day, still fighting for justice for survivors of sexual abuse. This has now led to The Maggie Oliver Foundation being set up with the focus on helping survivors to Transform Pain into Power

Maggie has set her vision in motion by beginning to build an amazingly caring, supportive and understanding team. A team who all share the same values and a fierce determination to make a real difference in the lives of survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Values such as kindness, empathy, honesty, fairness, trust, human decency, and justice are what drive us. In addition, by sharing our stories and experiences we also intend to expose and address injustice, misuse of power and corruption wherever we find it.

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”.

So Far We Have Helped

Survivors Helped since 2019

Minutes of support given in 2021


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Anonymous Survivor

“The Maggie Oliver Foundation has really helped and supported me.
I spent the majority of my childhood and into my teens being sexually abused. I found the Maggie Oliver Foundation and since then I haven’t looked back. I find it comforting to know that I’m not alone and that is something that has really stood out to me. They make you feel like you’re part of a family.
One thing I’ve learnt over the years is that healing from sexual abuse is a process. At times nothing seems to ease a pain so deep, but as time passes and you find your support network, you begin to heal your past wounds.
It’s an impossible journey at times. I hit potholes and windy roads, then take steps backwards. This is why The Maggie Oliver Foundation has been vital. They have made an incredible difference to so many others, like me. It runs through their ethos and the passion they have for protecting, raising awareness and supporting victims/survivors of sexual abuse is just so amazing.
There is a huge gap for their service in society. I have at so many times wanted to be able to have the opportunity, to pick up the phone to a organisation that I know will truly understand my pain. This just doesn’t exist for us. We need The Maggie Oliver Foundation phone line. I know I speak on behalf of many when I say, it will change lives forever.
There has always been a stigma surrounding sexual abuse/violence. It has got better thank you to people like Maggie, but we still have a way to go. The funding for this service is essential. Speaking from experience, I know that the demand for this service is huge.
I would love to see nothing more than to experience The Maggie Oliver Foundation being able to grow and expand. To be able to help and support more people like me. Any kind of sexual trauma changes you forever. You live with the consequences every single day. The triggers, the flashbacks, the endless daily challenges. The support is so needed because there are sadly just so many of us.
The Maggie Oliver Foundation will save/change lives. That’s a fact. “

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