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For Females Aged 18+ CSA Survivors

CISters was set up as a self help group for females age 18+ who, as female children, were sexually abused/raped by a member of their immediate/extended family. 

The following section outlines the services offered by CISters – and we can also signpost or refer to services which might be geographically closer.


Membership Of CIS’ters

Within this section you will find information on what CISters offers as a service to survivors and where we are unable to offer a direct service, information on how you might access other specialist services.

Please note that CISters only accepts self referrals. This is an indication to us of an individual's willingness to engage with a survivor-led service.

Membership – we were primarily set up to provide emotional support for adult females (aged 18+), that had been raped/sexually abused/exploited (as female children/teens) by a member of their immediate/extended family.  Survivors within this category are offered membership (we prefer this term to that of ‘Service User'.)

Membership entitles survivors to a copy of our Newsletter.  Our Newsletters include information of interest to our membership and they can also submit articles for inclusion. We aim to publish this quarterly depending on available resources.  Individuals who are NOT Members of CISters and also organisations can apply to subscribe to the newsletter.

In addition we can provide some (limited) Information/Advocacy.

As appropriate, CISters can signpost our Members to other specialist services, or provide referral pathways to services such as ISVAs (Independent Sexual Violence Advocates) in other organisations.


We consider that Feedback from our Members is Important. 

CISters is survivor-led in that at least 50% of our trust Board are individuals with lived experience (and concurrently Members of CIS’ters) with a casting vote.  Feedback is actively sought from within our membership and has led to improvements and the inclusion of specific topics, e.g., at our Annual Residential Weekend Workshop etc.

We do NOT provide Specialist Counselling

CIS’ters does not, currently, deliver 1:2:1 counselling, as our focus is on peer-group work. We use an empowerment model for our peer group work.  However, we can and do signpost survivors to their local specialist service if an individual is seeking 1:2:1 counselling.

If a survivor is a Member of CISters we can refer them to other services if asked to and the Member has granted written permission for us to do so.

If you are seeking 1:2:1 counselling we can refer or signpost you to your nearest specialist counselling service, using information found within the following two websites. The reason we need to look-up two websites is because, as yet, there is no national comprehensive database. These two umbrella organisations list only their organisational members and so, whilst there might appear to be a gap (in your area), it might be filled by searching the other database. and Rape Crisis England & Wales