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SNP pushed to do more for adult survivors of child abuse

24 Feb 2012

Margaret Mitchell MSP

The Scottish Government is being pressed to examine further ways in which the government can ensure that there is a greater awareness among the medical profession of physical health issues experienced by adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

These can include gastrointestinal problems and immune disorders. The SNP Government currently funds the physical health service provided by Open buytramadolbest.com/phentermine.html Secret, a charity for survivors of childhood abuse.

The Public Health Minister, Michael Matheson, stated previously that the government will continue to work with the charity but Scottish Conservative MSP, Margaret Mitchell, has now written to Michael Matheson to ask what further measures have been explored by Scottish Government to raise awareness among health care professionals.

Margaret Mitchell MSP said:

“Survivors of childhood sexual abuse are at an increased risk of experiencing a number of medical conditions and in that regard the continued government funding and support for Open Secret is very welcome.

“However, I pushed the Minister to confirm whether he had in fact contacted Open Secret, as he indicated he would do, in order to look at ways to raise awareness about the physical aspects of abuse. In particular, we need to establish what progress the Scottish Government had made in raising awareness among medical professionals about this crucial aspect of the issue.”

Commenting further, Janine Rennie, Chief Executive of Open Secret said:

“Open Secret is committed to highlighting the physical health issues of survivors of childhood sexual abuse as the majority of survivors accessing our services have long term health issues that significantly impact on quality of life.

“We welcome Margaret Mitchell’s commitment to highlighting the issue as raising awareness with medical professionals could make a significant difference to the experiences and long term outcomes for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.”