From victim to survivor: what actions do survivors take to redefine their identity when recovering from child sexual abuse?

Year of award: 2016


  • Claire Cunnington

    University of Sheffield

Project summary

The research takes a holistic approach to recovery from child sexual abuse (CSA) and places survivors at the centre of the research. It will involve qualitative interviews with adult survivors to identify useful actions they have taken to improve their health and wellbeing. 

I will employ an overarching theme of moving from ‘passive’ victim to ‘active’ survivor to create resources for professionals and survivors. The holistic approach will include anything participants identify as significant in their recovery, from NHS and third sector support, to religion, education and personal relationships. 

Without pre-judging the results, the aim will be to disseminate the resources as widely as possible through third sector umbrella groups and key supporters.