Making Noise: A project for the unheard



A study commissioned by the Children’s Commissioner for England, during 2015 and 2016, looked for a better understanding of kids and young adults’ experiences after having been sexually abused. The Making Noise project, held in England, sought to help victims in recognising, identifying and disclosing sexual abuse in the family and friend environment. Thus, making their lives easier for them, to talk about the issue and to find confidence and trust in themselves.

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The study was performed in 53 children and young adults aged 6 to 19 years old, with experiences of child sexual abuse in the environment they live in. As well as this, another group of 30 teenagers, from ages 14 to 19 years old entered the study. In this second group the main subject was to study applicants that have assisted to three focus groups for young people; such as ethnic communities, disabled young people and boys and young men.

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The program has worked perfectly, making children and young adults know that they’re not alone, assuring them that they shouldn’t feel embarrassed or guilty for what happened to them, as it is not their fault.

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It is important to mention that the Making Noise Project is only available in the UK for now, as it is an initiative taken by the ‘International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking’ at the University of Bedfordshire, and the NSPCC.