Speaking Out Survey

We know how important it is for survivors of any experience to be able to speak out about their experience and be heard.

Did you know that an estimated 31% of adults who experience interpersonal abuse will not tell anyone about their experience, and a large proportion will only ever disclose to partners, family or friends.* It is only by cultivating communities where survivors feel able to speak out about their experiences can we as a society seek to understand the extent and impacts of abuse fully.


We know that more can be done to help those who are survivors of interpersonal abuse. That’s why we’re launching the Speaking Out Survey.


The Speaking Out survey aims to help us, other organisations and survivors across the UK, understand why survivors speak out, and why they don’t.

Specifically, there are three main areas we want to understand further:


  1. The motivational factors for sharing experiences of assault/abuse

  2. The motivational factors for not sharing experiences

  3. Understand the barriers to speaking out


We know that more work needs to happen to ensure survivors feel that they can be heard.

Meet Finn

On Finn's 18th birthday, he was attacked and found unconscious by his friends lying face down in a carpark.


Finn found triggers hard to cope with and only made it harder for him to find help. 


He tried to contact services he heard could help only to be turned away.

He shares with us what some of the barriers were when he tried to ask for help. 

The survey is open to anyone with experiences of sexual abuse/ assault who wish to share their reasons for speaking out, or not, in a completely anonymised way that will enable us to further our understanding and what we can do to survivors across the UK.


For anyone considering participating in our survey, we advise and encourage reading the Participation Information Sheet prior to continuing. This sheet will give more information about the survey, why we’re conducting it and how the information you give may be used.