Information for practitioners
For someone who has experienced sexual violence, attending a routine smear test can be a source of anxiety. They may feel forced or pressured to disclose their experiences, or the examination itself could trigger a distressing physical and emotional responses.
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust in partnership with Rape Crisis, found that it is likely that experiences of sexual violence significantly contribute to low attendance rate:
“Almost half of survivors said they had not attended cervical screening because of their experience of sexual violence,
a quarter said they had put off the test for the same reason”.
We know that practitioners want to support survivors to access this vital procedure. Jo’s Trust has worked with Rape Crisis to produce helpful resources including practical ways to support someone through their screening.
Practical ways to support survivors of sexual violence through cervical screening
Emotional support to help survivors of sexual violence through cervical screening