Historical Child Sexual Abuse

Historical child sexual abuse is an allegation of sexual abuse made by or on behalf of someone who is now 18 years or over, relating to an incident which took place when the alleged victim was under 18 years old.

Many people who were abused in childhood believe that they are to blame and that the abuse was their fault. But this is never the case - a child cannot consent to abuse.

Whether the abuse happened once or hundreds of times, a year or 70 years ago, whatever the circumstances, there are people who can help. It is never too late.

If this is happening to you, there are things you can do to help keep yourself safe. Click here to find out how.

There is a local ‘amber card’, which includes information on local and national services and what domestic and sexual violence & abuse might be like, as well as basic advice on safety.


The Police

You can report historical child sexual abuse in the following ways:



Specialist Services

If you’ve been affected by domestic or sexual abuse or violence contact The Portal to find out more about the help, advice and support available. The Portal is a partnership of leading Sussex Domestic and Sexual Abuse Charities including Survivors’ Network, which also offers a range of other services in Brighton & Hove.  To contact The Portal, call Freephone 0300 323 9985 or email info@theportal.org.uk.

Mankind offers support to men who have been sexual abused. Call 01273 911680.


Find out about the support available for you and your family and how to get the help you need. Contact the Early Help on 01273 292632

If are a member of the public and are concerned about a child's welfare, please contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01273 290400


Report abuse or neglect of an adult online or by calling Access Point, the contact centre for Adult Social Care services, on 01273 295555.


Rape Crisis

Freephone 0808 802 9999

Rape Crisis England & Wales is the national umbrella body for our network of autonomous member Rape Crisis Centres across England and Wales and was set up to support their specialist work. www.rapecrisis.org.uk


0203 598 3898

SurvivorsUK helps men who have been sexually abused and raises awareness of their needs.



01708 765200

A confidential emotional support to children, young adults and adults by telephone, email and post for all genders.