The Butterfly Programme is a Community Interest Company (CIC) which works with adult survivors of sexual abuse and professionals to improve the overall experience and recovery of adult survivors of sexual abuse through group programme delivery, a range of training, research and consultancy.
The Butterfly Programme is a 9 week therapeutic group programme for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. It was originally designed and implemented for women, but in 2011 we developed a male version of the programme (called the IT Programme) driven by demand. The programme works to a specific and proven framework to assist survivors in healing from the complex trauma of sexual abuse in childhood. As a coping mechanism for dealing with this trauma, many adult survivors utilise risky behaviours such as substance misuse, promiscuity, domestic violence, criminal activity, and self harm. Many adult survivors have been or are engaged with multiple and complex networks of support which address these peripheral or symptomatic issues – none of which are effectively equipped to deal with the root cause of these issues – the abuse they suffered as children and the impact this has on adulthood.
- Realises the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery
- Recognises the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the programme
- Responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and seeks to actively resist re-traumatization