The report Breaking the Silence: What young people want to address sexual violence is a collaborative project between HELP and the Tu Wahine Trust.
It is part of an overall research project which aims to investigate the psycho-social service needs of young people who have experienced sexual abuse in order to support improvements to services for sexual abuse survivors. The data collection for this report comprised a literature review; stakeholder interviews (16); hui (3), meetings and 26 focus groups with 222 young people aged 13-18.
The Research findings provided us with five themes to focus on:
Information on sexual violence and support services is easy to access and understand
Confidentiality is paramount for youth
How our service will change or develop
Increase Maori Services for Maori youth
The research, conducted by independent research agency Point Research, was launched in Auckland on November 26, and is now available for public download.