Adults with experiences of sexual abuse or exploitation in childhood can now receive free therapy sessions, the Cyprus Family Planning Association (CFPA) announced.
CFPA has started providing free psychological support to adults who experienced sexual abuse as a child, as well as to their family and friends.
“We recognise that it is highly likely those individuals are faced with various difficulties in their daily lives that might not appear to be directly related with the childhood trauma and we aim to support them in every aspect,” a representative of the association told the Cyprus Mail.
The services will initially be offered by one female registered clinical psychologist in Nicosia from Monday to Friday between 9am to 6pm. At a later stage, two more clinical psychologists will be included in the programme.
“We believe it’s important that the first sessions take place face to face, but then we can continue remotely with online sessions,” CFPA’s representative said.
The initiative is part of the plan that was approved by cabinet in 2019 for the establishment of facilities addressed to adults with sexual abuse in childhood.
“There is a significant delay,” in the implementation of the plan as the state is yet to appoint a space for the facility, the representative added.
Meanwhile, a three-year-action plan was approved earlier this year to tackle and prevent child sexual abuse and harassment.
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