Into the Light blogs


Thank you to our Co-Op Points Supporters!!

We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has donated their Co-Op points from the Co-Op Community Fund to Into The Light. We have raised over £4,700! A fantastic amount – way beyond what we had predicted. This is timely news for us as we look […]


Volunteer Director/Trustee With Energy And Ideas Wanted!

Do you have the passion and commitment to be part of the Into The Light Counselling and Support for Survivors Community Interest Company working to improve the health and well being of Survivors of sexual abuse? We are looking for a new Director to join our effective and friendly board […]


Feedback From Into The Light Workshop Saturday 27th April 2019

We had a great workshop on Saturday 27th April, this one was entitled: “Thinking Out Loud! Breaking The Silence Around Shame, Sex, Anger, and Betrayal After Sexual Abuse” It was a fantastic group of people who attended – Survivors and also professionals and a lot of people who were attending […]


Tampon Tax Community Fund logo

Tampon Tax Funding News

We are delighted to announce that we have recently been given funding from The Tampon Tax through the London Community Foundation! We will be putting this to good use funding our  Into The Light Women’s Psycho-Educational Courses for Women as well as having some limited funding for one to one […]


Into The Light Christmas Newsletter 2018

Hello Everyone! We would like to wish you a Very Happy Christmas, This has been a busy year for us and we are so grateful for all the support we have had from everyone who has helped us or contributed to our work in some way. Over 420 people this […]


Support Into The Light With Your Grocery Shop!

Into the Light CIC has been chosen for the Co-Op Local Community Fund from October 2018 to October 2019. This is great news as you can support us if you shop at the Co-Op but not spend any money! If you are a Co-Op Member, 1% of what you  spend […]


Why women need fierce compassion by Dr Kristin Neff

I received this article by Kristin Neff,  in view of all this going on in America right now: The drama that just unfolded in the Senate confirmation hearings for the U.S. Supreme Court is just one more example of why women need fierce compassion. Why feminine ideals of care need […]


Sarah’s Fundraising Climb!

Congratulations!!! To Sarah Gilbert and her friends who climbed to the top of Ben Nevis to raise funds for Into The Light! Sarah you are a hero!! Big thanks to you!! If you would like to contribute to Sarah’s Climb here is the link: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sarahg-trekbennevis?utm_id=2&utm_term=XgYrREqya    


The Disempowerment Of Sexual Abuse: Times Up?

“I was told that wasn’t even worth considering because of the disparity of power.” (1) An aide of the disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein reflects on the legal advice she was given and why she did not take action against her former boss when she discovered he assaulted a colleague. […]


Guilt and Shame – A Big Difference

Some people believe that shame and guilt are the same but there are differences: Guilt And Shame There are two types of shame: Legitimate Shame or Guilt: When we have made a bad choice: “Healthy guilt is the emotional core of our conscience. It is emotion which results from behaving […]


Sarah Is Raising Funds For Us!

We are delighted to let you know that Sarah is going on a hike to Ben Nevis to raise funds for us. Take a look at her fundraising Page and support her if you can! Here is the Link; Please copy it into your browser and the page will come […]


Escaping Into Fantasy ….To Protect From Pain

Hiding from the abuse takes effort – blocking it out of our minds means that we are not living in true reality because it is too painful – which means we have to live in denial or unreality and may enter into fantasy and escapism. Fantasy is the classic way […]


Shame: Give It Back: It Really Isn’t Yours To Carry

Way Out Of Shame When we start to make our way out of shame our relationships  and lives have a much better chance of being fulfilling and open. Victims of sexual abuse often look back at the situation and think I could/should have done something. It is very important to […]


Taking Control of Sex After Sexual Abuse

  Perhaps not surprisingly if you have experienced sexual abuse or violation, sex itself can be extremely confusing and perhaps even emotionally and physically painful.  There is so much to say about this but we would like to share some of our learning with you that could be helpful. During […]


Boundaries: Getting A Good Sense Of Self

Boundaries In Relationships Good boundaries mean we can be intimate and close and yet not loose a sense of ourselves. This means you can be attached and yet separate – a person in your own right. In relationships with bad boundaries you may give up feelings, ideas and opinions, but […]