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Session Four - Childhood Abuse

Hello everyone and welcome to our Trauma support session. Today we will be discussing Childhood  Abuse. Trauma sessions will run at the same times each week and they are an opportunity for us to learn from and share with one another. Let’s remember to show kindness and support to others in the group at all times. If you need more support during this time, please connect 1-1 with a listener.


See this resource thread ( for coping if being triggered.


Everyone is welcome to share and participate as they would like, but we respectfully ask you to let everyone participate in the discussion as they are comfortable to do so.   Due to the nature of trauma discussion, please do not provide graphic details of your trauma to help prevent triggering others.


Reminder:  If you feel yourselves being triggered, remember it's okay to take a breather from the room and come back when you are feeling ready to.  Remember to use the link on grounding and if necessary, reach out for support to a listener. You come first and it's important to look after your needs!


Reminder if needed in discussion by leaders - To show respect to one another let’s keep this a safe, supportive space,  remembering not to be too graphic to avoid triggering others, and focus on the current question so everyone feels included and involved.


Let’s start today with an icebreaker.    What is your favourite mealtime, breakfast, Lunch or Dinner and why does this happen to be your favourite mealtime?


  1. Discussing childhood abuse may always be a tough topic for many of you to participate in.  Please remember to take gentle care of you during this chat. What are some positive and healthy ways you can take care of yourself, during this support chat, and in moments where you may find it hard to be here?


  1. Childhood abuse can impact in many ways as an adult survivor.  How do you feel you experiences of abuse as children has impacted you and what do you struggle most with?


Notes: Difficulties in saying No, relationship problems, self harm substance abuse, low self esteem, low self confidence, being passive instead of assertive with others, difficulty in social relationships, being fearful and distrustful with others, or setting unrealistic high goals for yourself such as perfectionism.  


  1. Having just discussed how past abuse impacts on your lives, how have you coped with these impacts, What kind of coping strategies have you found most helpful for you?


  1. As an adult survivor of childhood abuse, how do you feel your experiences have shaped who are you today?


  1. How has the impact of abuse affected the way you feel about yourself and others around you?


  1. If you told anyone about your experience as a survivor, what kind of reception or response have you received in general?  If you have thought about sharing but have not yet done so, what kind of response would you like to feel you would receive if you disclosed and what fears do you have about sharing?  


  1. Many survivors of abuse and trauma put on a front/mask to portray to the outside world ‘you’re fine”’ and to try and prevent themselves being hurt further by others, but take it off at home when alone.  What does wearing a social mask cover up for survivors? What are the benefits and consequences of using a social mask?


  1. In what kind of situations would you say you are more likely to wear your mask?


  1. Generally it’s easier to give support and encouragement to others than to ourselves. If you could say anything to a survivor who has just disclosed they were abused as a child, what would you say?  What encouragement would you give to others on their journey to heal and recover from the effects of childhood abuse?


  1. Based on the encouragement you just gave to others, what would you think about giving yourself that same supportive encouragement?  What hurdles would make it difficult for you to put into practise or believe what you could say to others?


  1. What services and resources are you aware of that offer support for Adult Childhood  Abuse Survivors? Have you had any experience of using these services and what kind of response did you feel you received?  What has been your most positive experience?


Thank you everyone for participating in this group support discussion.  If you would spend a minute filling in this feedback form, it would be most appreciated.  Thank you for being here and take care of yourselves.


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