To mark the installation of our first Chancellor, Dr Helen Pankhurst, we are promoting some of our county's inspiring women.
Fiona came to the UK from Zimbabwe in 2005. She founded Survivors in Transition (SiT) along with Clare Wilson in 2009 to provide support to female survivors of childhood sexual abuse. SiT became a charity in 2011 and supports men and women who have experienced sexual abuse, violence and exploitation in childhood.
Fiona has always taken an interest in childhood trauma and women’s issues and has worked at SiT full time since 2014. The charity has grown from providing support to a handful of women once a week to working with hundreds of male and female survivors annually, offering a range of services designed to meet the individual’s need.
SiT has worked with the University of Suffolk on a number of research projects including, most recently, ‘I’ll be a survivor for the rest of my life’ in July 2018 which followed the publication of ‘Focus on Survivors: See Me, Hear Me, Believe Me’ by the University and the charity in 2015.
Fiona is passionately committed to survivors’ rights and improving their access to specialist services and as such is often consulted for her expertise.
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