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Help is Now At Hand

submitted by Jo Powell, Wembly – UK



Since 2008, Papillon has been supporting adult survivors of childhood sexual papillionabuse, with a particular focus on the hard to reach African and Caribbean communities.

The idea was borne out of my own dilemma, following my disclosure of sexual abuse suffered during childhood.

I was struggling to find a safe environment where I could talk to someone who was empathic, culturally sensitive to my needs and accessible.

In the end, I stopped searching and decided that the best option was to create my own space -PAPILLON.  With the love and unflinching support of family members and close friends, Papillon continues to extend its reach in denouncing childhood sexual abuse, nationally and internationally.



Using one to one and group support, Papillon meets every Wednesday at the Chalkhill Community Centre.  Our Drop in Service is a safe, confidential and non judgmental place where men and women are able to uncover their individual healing path at their own pace.


Papillon’s facilitators are mindful of the fact that it takes a lot of courage and deliberation before attending a support group, such as Papillon.  Rest assured that we endeavor to make every encounter both a meaningful and cathartic experience.


It should be noted that deeply personal and sensitive issues discussed during the sessions may evoke triggers.

English, French & Jamaican patois spoken.



Over the past 3 years, we have witnessed a sea change in our attitude towards childhood sexual abuse. Notably, Pope Benedict XVI publicly apologizing to the victims of childhood sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic priests in Ireland.

More recently, in the wake of the Jimmy Savile’s Sexual Abuse scandal, we have seen a significant number of people finding the courage to disclose and subsequently are seeking help and support.

Papillon aims to meet that growing demand in delivering Awareness Workshops on Childhood Sexual Abuse.

Workshops:  2 hours or ½ day event.   An informal and interactive exchange facilitated by compassionate staff.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Types of Sexual Abuse
  • Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Disclosure
  • Getting help

Who for:  Open to professionals or people that support adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, their family members and friends.

Dates:  Ongoing

Costs:  £25 or £80 respectively

Venue:  to be advised


For more information on, please contact Jo Powell on 07594 795 266

Chalkhill Community Centre

113 Chalkhill Road

Wembley Middlesex HA9 9FX

Buses 83 & 182

Tubes Wembley Park & Wembley Stadium


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