Sexual Abuse

Dealing with the Aftermath of Sexual Abuse

Date: Time: 19:30 Location: Auditorium, Cobbenhagen building (Tilburg University)

Sexual abuse is likely to scar a person forever. However, it is possible to not let it define the rest of your life. This symposium aims to shed light on the aftermath of sexual abuse and provide valuable insights from both experiential, professional and academic perspectives. (English / SG-Certificate*)

Time: 19:30-21:45 hrs.  
Admission is free, no registration required.

Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse is a sensitive and pressing issue that affects individuals from all walks of life. It leaves deep emotional scars and poses immense challenges for survivors as they navigate their healing journey. This symposium aims to share knowledge about supporting survivors and addressing the impact of sexual abuse.

Marianne Kimmel

Marianne Kimmel is an expert by experience, and speaker in the field of sexual abuse and sexual violence. 

Additionally, she is also the chairman of Project Speak Now foundation. In her youth, she experienced sexual abuse and since 2013, she has been inspiring other survivors through lectures, workshops, support groups, and recently, through her book ‘Ondersteboven’. In 2015, she was recognized as Freelancer of the Year for these activities. 

Marianne has made it her mission to break the taboo surrounding sexual abuse and show that a happy life is possible after such experiences.

Marianne Kimmel

Jeannette Dijkstra

Jeannette Dijkstra is a trauma therapist and confidential counsellor. In her early work as a therapist, child sexual abuse became a recurring theme. The skills she learned during her general therapy education were not sufficient. Over the past 7 years Jeanette has specialized in sexual trauma. Her current method is strongly practice based.

Sexual abuse in childhood has devastating effects on every aspect of life. Growing up with this damage requires exceptional strength and creativity. She approaches her clients from this perspective. Jeanette: “I do not treat them, I guide them through their unique processes. I do not work with protocols. I navigate my client through the specific hurdles that must be taken in their personal context”.

Jeanette Dijkstra

Jeanette will give you a view of the victim’s internal system after sexual abuse. She will also summarize the steps which need to be taken and how she works with psychodrama models. She will address how child sexual abuse affects intimacy and sexuality in the adult. She will also bring a model which allows you to experience some of the chaos in the victim’s mind. 


During the symposium, attendees will have ample opportunities to engage with the speakers, ask questions, and participate in interactive discussions. We believe that the exchange of ideas and experiences will foster a deeper understanding of the complexities surrounding sexual abuse and contribute to the development of effective strategies for supporting survivors.

The symposium will be moderated by Chijs van Nieuwenhuizen. She is Professor of Forensic Mental Health Care (Tilburg University), Professor of Transforming Care for Youth (Tilburg University) and Visiting Professor at University College Ghent, Faculty of Education, Health & Social Work. She believes in the power of combining clinical practice, science, the knowledge of experts by experience.


This program is organized by Studium Generale in cooperation with Study Association Complex (psychology).

Contact: Annelieke Koster (Studium Generale).

* For students, this lecture may count towards the SG-Certificate. Check the SG-Certificate website for all the terms and conditions. 

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