This course is aimed at anyone who wants to understand more about rape and sexual abuse or who may be in contact with someone impacted.

This may include teachers, nurses, health and social care professionals, police and criminal justice system professionals, therapists, managers, counsellors, students, youth, community or faith sector workers, parents, foster parents, carers and others.


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There are currently no entry options available for this event.


Unfortunately, rape and sexual abuse remains prevalent in our society. Between 1st October 2022 and 30th September 2023 there were 4,282 sexual offences crimes recorded by the Police Service of Northern Ireland, but the fact of the matter is that we know many more go unreported. In fact, Rape Crisis England & Wales estimate that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 18 men have been raped or sexually assaulted as an adult, and 1 in 6 children have been sexually abused.

By understanding the impact rape and sexual abuse can have on a person, you will be better equipped to support those around you should you need to.

Our aim is that by the end of this workshop you will have:

  • An increased awareness of the dynamics of rape and sexual abuse, and its prevalence in Northern Ireland
  • An increased awareness of the societal myths, misconceptions and attitudes surrounding rape and sexual abuse
  • An improved understanding of perpetrators of rape and sexual abuse, their motivations and the grooming process
  • An improved understanding of the impact of rape and sexual abuse on people with lived experience
  • An increased understanding of issues around disclosing and reporting of rape and sexual abuse
  • Increased confidence in supporting people with lived experience of rape and sexual abuse