Queen’s Birthday honour for former Inverurie woman

A former Inverurie woman has been awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her longstanding work on behalf of survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Monday, 12th October 2020, 10:24 am
Updated Monday, 12th October 2020, 10:28 am
Sarah Nelson has researched and campaigned on child sexual abuse for many decades.

Sarah Nelson, who now lives in Newport in Tay in Fife, has researched and campaigned on child sexual abuse for many decades and has been a professional adviser to both the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament.

After moving from professional journalism to a university career her qualitative research projects with the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) of Edinburgh University have included the mental health needs of female survivors, and life history research with male survivors.

She has worked closely with abuse survivors themselves and their third sector support agencies, and tried to reflect their own voices, producing accessible reports, booklets and many presentations for policymakers, practitioners and survivor activists.

Her academic research is reflected in research papers, book chapters and in books, which span 30 years from the influential feminist work Incest: Fact and Myth (Stramullion, 1987) to Tackling Child Sexual Abuse: Radical Approaches to Prevention, Protection and Support (Policy Press, 2016).