I am a professional and I have been practising in the UK for almost thirty years. I work with people who have been victimised, mostly women.

Thank you to the many professionals and lay people who have supported the writing and producing of this booklet I am very grateful for all their input.

Note: Throughout this booklet the word victim has been used because it is the only word in the dictionary that we have to describe someone who had a crime committed against them. Rape is a crime, if you have been raped or sexually abused someone has committed a crime against you.

Women are the most frequent victims of rape but men also get raped and this booklet has been written for all victims of rape.

However, for the ease of reading I have used the feminine form for the victim and the masculine form for the perpetrator.