MORNING WITH moMENtum AND FRIENDS
Sun 21 May 2023
Free - Click Book Now for your wristband
10am - 12pm
Child Sexual Abuse Survivors Speak Truth and Poetry in a relaxed and welcoming setting.
If you are a child abuse survivor, male or female, and have a poem or something else you would like to perform or read at the event, or would like James Turner to read for you, please email James at firstname.lastname@example.org, to discuss.
moMENtum is a Devon based peer support group for adult male survivors of child sexual abuse. It is a Community Interest Company. At this event, moMENtum men and friends will perform their own work: poems, prose, comedy, plus a little music. The event will be introduced by James Turner, Exeter poet and survivor. There will be time for Q&A and discussion. Much of the material performed will only relate indirectly to trauma, but there will be content warning in advance of any explicit description. The emphasis will be on healing and recovery. One of moMENtum’s chief aims is to raise awareness of the prevalence of child sexual abuse in UK and worldwide. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) estimates that 7.5% of adults aged 18 to 74 years experienced sexual abuse before the age of 16 years (3.1 million people); this includes both adult and child perpetrators. Another of our aims is to persuade mental health services, including GPs, that trauma, usually mistreatment of some kind in childhood, is the chief cause of mental health problems in adults. The best treatment, with the greatest chance of long-term success, is talking therapy. Diagnosis and medication is not enough, but is still what most people get if they tell their GP they are depressed and anxious. Survivors need to tell their story to someone who will listen and understand.
Anyone wishing to contact moMENtum can do so via our website: https://www.momentumdevon.org.uk
Proudly presented as part of Bloom – A day of community activity in support of mental health and wellness., 21 May ’23
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*Please note capacity is limited.