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Confronting and Healing
Sibling Sexual Trauma

Education &

3 out of 4 professionals report little or no training 

1 in 25


An estimated 80 million children worldwide have experienced sibling sexual trauma or abuse

9 in 10

Don't Tell

88% don't tell anyone till adulthood, if they ever tell at all

Adults struggle to identify and respond appropriately

See What Do We Know for more details and information. 

What is 5WAVES?

5WAVES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit promoting Worldwide Awareness, Voice, Education and Support around Sibling Sexual Trauma--child sexual abuse caused by a sibling. The founders of 5WAVES are five women in five different time zones, working to break through the dark shadows of a silent epidemic. As survivors and parents, they each found themselves utterly alone for years and even decades, as they faced the effects of sibling sexual trauma (SST) on their lives and families. Sibling sexual trauma is real. It happens in all types of families. In fact, it is one of the most common forms of child sexual abuse both in the US and worldwide. 


And yet...

The stigma and silence surrounding SST is so great that there is very little information or resources available to support those who are affected by it. The greatest tragedy is that this silence allows sibling sexual trauma to continue unabated. Since October 2021, 5WAVES has been connecting and collaborating worldwide to shatter the silence around sibling-caused sexual harm. They are working to ensure that others facing this multifaceted trauma will have access to support and know that they are not alone. These five women are creating waves of change, to bring sibling sexual trauma out of the shadows so people around the world can talk about it, heal from it, and prevent it.

News & Opportunities

Now available for all to read for free:

The Sunday Times cover story on the realities of sibling sexual abuse, featuring 5WAVES & our cofounder Jane Epstein. Excellent article to share and spread awareness! 

We have been offered an incredible opportunity to present at this May's NOTA conference in the UK!    

Click here to read more.

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Recovered Memories of Sexual Abuse are

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a collaboration with IncestAware

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