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Somerset Phoenix Project

Working alongside professionals and supporting children, young people and families affected by sexual abuse.

A specialist service supporting the development of professionals in Somerset. We are here to reduce the negative impact of child sexual abuse (CSA) on the lives of children and families living in Somerset

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FAQ's - Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA)

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What is CSA?

Childhood Sexual Abuse is where a child or young person is forced, manipulated or tricked to engage in a sexual act. If this has happened to you, you may not have realised at the time that what was happening was abuse. The sexual act may be something that happened online or face to face with someone. Sexual acts can involve lots of different things. One ‘type’ of sexual abuse is not necessarily ‘worse’ than another. It is never your fault that you were abused and help is available.


Who can I talk to if I have experienced CSA?

If you want to talk to someone straight away there are options for you. SARSAS offer a helpline with specially trained volunteers that is free to call for young people aged 13+.

The numbers and opening times are:


Women and girls

0808 801 0456*

Mon & Fri 11am – 2pm,
Tue, Wed and Thu 6pm – 8:30pm

Men and boys

0808 801 0465*

Mon & Fri 11am – 2pm,
Tue 6pm – 8:30pm

Childline provides a service that is also free, you can call, email or chat online to trained counsellors. Anyone under 19 can use their service. Their website with all this information and more is:

If you haven’t already you can request support from the Phoenix Project by filling in a form or asking an adult you trust to fill one in for you.


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