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Teaser Trailer For New Animation Series


In collaboration with young survivors in Essex, CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse) and ICENA are proud to present a new project, producing a series of animated videos to support professionals working with children and young people to understand the impacts of sexual violence.


The full series of animations – Understanding Young People’s Experiences of Sexual Harm:  Supporting Students will be available in August 2022.   You will be able to access all resources through the CARA website or through Essex County Council Education Safeguarding Team.    You can see a trailer here:




What resources will be available?

Five 90 second animations will be available for use at the start of the academic year 2022-2023. They cover the following topics:


  • “They just fob it off.” Preventing Sexual Harm in Schools
  • “It’s all about paperwork and box ticking.” Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence
  • “I felt like a burden.” Providing Support After Sexual Violence
  • “I lost all my friends.”  The Impact of Sexual Violence on Peer Groups
  • From Disclosure to Closure: Supporting Young Survivors Throughout Their Journey

In addition, a set of supporting resources will be available for Designated Safeguarding Leads and Senior Leaders to use to use in INSET and continuing professional development sessions with all staff.


The resources are:

  • ‘Understanding Young People’s Experiences of Sexual Harm’ PowerPoint and Facilitator’s Guide for use in training which guides participants through the main points of each animation and asks them to consider their own role in supporting young survivors of sexual violence
  • ‘Understanding Young People’s Experiences of Sexual Harm’ handout which gives an overview of the animations’ content and provides links to each animation

How were the animations produced?

Young survivors from across Essex were asked if they would like to share their experiences in their education setting after disclosing sexual violence. These contributions were used to create four experience scenarios.


The young people were aged 10 – 21 when they shared their experiences and they had all survived sexual violence whilst in primary, secondary or further education. In all cases, the person who caused the sexual harm was also a child or young person (aged under 19).


A range of professionals, including education staff and specialist sexual violence workers (counsellors and Independent Sexual Violence Advisors), were asked to share their experiences of supporting young survivors of sexual violence and, alongside statutory guidance, their contributions were used to create suggestions of good practice that schools and colleges can implement.


We are very grateful to Awards for All  for supporting this project.