Stories that inspire courage

It takes courage to talk about sexual abuse. Meet people who have mustered up that courage or who encourage others.

INTERVIEW | Victims and Survivors

Being sexually abused by a woman was extremely damaging to my masculinity. I felt very conflicted for many years. It was really tough for me. It took me a long time to reconcile these two sides.

Nicolas Haaf

Member of the Council of Victims and Survivors

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[Translate to Englisch:] Porträtfoto Nicolas Haaf
Interview | Counselling

Such a sensitive and personal topic always needs courage. But I do believe that making a call helps. It is a first step, a first "mustering up the courage". And that alone often makes all subsequent steps much easier.

Tanja von Bodelschwingh

Counsellor at the Sexual Abuse Help Line

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[Translate to Englisch:] Porträtfoto Tanja von Bodelschwingh
Interview | Processing things

We want to learn from these stories. That is the central element of coming to terms with what happened: Looking back should form the basis of learning for the sake of today and for the future.

Barbara Kavemann

Member of the Independent Commission for Dealing with Child Sexual Abuse

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[Translate to Englisch:] Porträtfoto Barbara Kavemann
Interview | Self-Help

In our self-help group, men can show their weaknesses and are not laughed at, but are respected. That alone is an experience: I don't have to play the tough guy, I can be seen to be vulnerable.

Max Ciolek

Member of the Council of Victims and Survivors

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[Translate to Englisch:] Porträtfoto Max Ciolek
INTERVIEW | Law

The developments I observe in many of the victims and survivors are very encouraging and motivating. Often they can find their old self again during this long process.

Petra Ladenburger
Lawyer

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[Translate to Englisch:] Porträtfoto Petra Ladenburger
Interview | People with disabilities

In acute crisis situations in particular, it greatly helps to seek advice from outside and not just stay in your own circle. We look at everything from an independent viewpoint and can help people view the situation neutrally.

Pia Witthöft

Head of the "Mutstelle" Counselling Centre

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[Translate to Englisch:] Porträtfoto Pia Witthöft

Sexual Abuse – we support you if you are looking for help and information.

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Talk to the advisors of the Sexual Abuse Help Line. Your call is anonymous and free of charge.

0800 22 55 530

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