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Words from Chair of Trustees

Dr Andrew Mayers Psychologist at Bournemouth University and mental health campaigner and educator “I am proud to be Chair of Trustees for such an important charity. In my work, a significant proportion of the adults that I meet with acute mental health problems have a history of being sexually abused as a child. We know… Read more »

Singers new single raises child sexual abuse.

JOINT PRESS RELEASE Dorset Mind, Acts Fast, and AM StudiosFebruary 22nd 2016 For immediate release NEW SINGLE FROM DORSET SINGER RAISES AWARENESS ABOUT IMPACT OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE For decades, even talking about child sexual abuse has been a taboo topic. It is now becoming more acceptable to speak openly, perhaps a reflection of the need… Read more »

A survivor of child abuse, scarred but able to move on

PAUL Scates describes himself as a survivor now but remembers vividly the first time he was abused by a trusted family friend. At just eight years old, he recalls waking one night and being “frozen” while the man subjected him to the first of many acts of sexual abuse. “Eventually, when the individual left my… Read more »

Donation helps Acts Fast

A BOURNEMOUTH charity which helps victims of child sexual abuse has benefited from a £1,500 donation towards its essential support services. Acts Fast received the funds from Bournemouth Children and Families Trust (B-CHFT) ahead of World Mental Health Day on Saturday, October 10. Dr Andrew Mayers, a psychologist at Bournemouth University and Chair of Trustees… Read more »

New Chair of Trustees

  Dr Andrew Mayers PhD, MBPsS Senior Lecturer in Psychology, at Bournemouth University We are delighted to have Andrew on board as our New Chair of Trustees

Abuse education needed to combat child sexual exploitation

CALLS for sex education to be expanded to combat child abuse have been welcomed in Dorset. Children’s charity Barnardo’s wants all children in England to receive age-appropriate lessons – and secondary school pupils to be taught directly about child sexual exploitation and abuse. It comes after the charity recorded a 50 per cent rise last… Read more »

Child Abuse – The UK’s Dark Secret Conference

Hundreds of health visitors, counsellors, teachers, police officers, students and charity workers attended a conference at BU on preventing child abuse and recognising grooming. Child Abuse – The UK’s Dark Secret, invited speakers from national charities Enough Abuse and Acts Fast. The conference is the first of its kind to be hosted by a university… Read more »