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Beyond Therapy Festival of Activism Against Child Sexual Abuse

May 19, 2022

Beyond Therapy is dedicated to re-imagining our society’s response to child sexual abuse through research, creativity and connection. We set up the Beyond Therapy podcast and festival, which combines research, arts, and activism, to challenge attitudes toward child sexual abuse and re-imagine our society’s existing response.  We invited survivors, researchers, practitioners, creatives and allies to join us on the 19th of May 2022 to participate in a series of talks, workshops, taster sessions, an exhibition, and to join our community of strong and emerging voices. We believe we can use our collective power to initiate change.  In 2019, 500,000 children and young people experienced sexual abuse in England and Wales - but this problem continues to be hidden and taboo. Most will never access support, and those that do face significant challenges in finding justice or availability at a therapy service. Last year reports to the police were at their highest, yet convictions hit an all-time low, and most of our therapy services have waiting lists of over a year. The young people who took part in our Bluestar research project have called for us to expand our understanding of what recovery looks like - to go beyond therapies and a criminal justice response into the world of social activism and creative arts. This event took place in person in various spaces around the Watershed, Bristol. The event was relaxed with gentler…