Adult Survivors Of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Purpose of the group

The purpose of this Cross-Party Group is to establish a forum for debate, with an agreed specific programme of targets and action, on the issue of childhood sexual abuse, its long term effects and links with mental health problems, alcohol and drug abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. The group will ascertain the level of current service provision nationally, identify gaps in services and address funding issues. The group will consider the requirement for care pathways for survivors, as well as the need for joined up policies. The legal considerations surrounding childhood sexual abuse and those agencies over which the Executive have authority will be examined. We will monitor the work being carried out by the National Strategy for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and seek to create greater public awareness and understanding of the issue, and combat the many myths that surround childhood sexual abuse, and its impact on society as a whole.

Forthcoming meetings

Next meeting: 03 June 2015

This meeting will be held at 1pm in the Adam Smith Room (CR5).



Annual Return/Report

Group Officers

Group Members

Non MSP Individuals

Sarah Nelson - Co-Convener

Martin Henry - Co-Convener

Javita Narang - Secretary

Marnie Colin - Treasurer

Andrew Campbell

Dr R. Eric Swanepoel

Anke Kossurok

Dr. Sandra Ferguson

Emma Ducklin

James Evans

Elayne McBride

Carol Willson

Lorna-Ann Deans

Linda Hutton

John Nelson

Jenny Svanberg


Moira Anderson Foundation

Open Secret

Safe Space

Kingdom Abuse Survivors Project




Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA)

SAY Women


Stop It Now

Survivor Scotland

Break the Silence


Health in Mind

Harris Howard

Children 1ST

Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (Perth & Kinross)

Relationships Scotland

Safe, Strong and Free

NHS Borders

NHS Lothian



18 and Under

Rape and Sexual Abuse Line, Dingwall


British Psychological Society

Crisis Counselling Services

Get involved

Next meeting:
03 June 2015


Tel: 07500 838 222 or 0131 348 5639


Margaret Mitchell MSP

Scottish Parliament
EH99 1SP

0131 348 5639