RICK ASTLEY GETS HIS TV SHOWS MIXED UP AND IS LEFT RED FACED
Imagine you're live on Loose Women and accidentally get us confused it with another TV show....
In a hilarious appearance, Rick was thanking Loose Women for helping get his album - 50 - to number one in the charts earlier this year.
But he got us mixed up with another programme which made everyone on the panel laugh, the audience howl and the singer put his head in his hands.
'I'm never gonna live that down' Rick tweeted us afterwards. No, Rick - you won't!
BRAVE KAREN DANCZUK TALKS ABOUT BEING RAPED BY HER BROTHER AS A CHILD AND ENCOURAGES OTHER SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ABUSE TO SPEAK OUT
After deciding to waive her right to anonymity, Karen bravely chose to appear on the show and talk about her experience of childhood sexual abuse by her older brother Michael Burke.
He has been convicted of a string of sex attacks against Karen and other women,
abusing his sister when she was aged between nine and 11.
'I knew it was wrong because it didn't feel right,' Karen said crying. 'I couldn't ask someone – it's not like I could tell someone at school – so I thought this was what everyone went through.'
'[I felt] numb. Normal kids would be upset if they couldn't play with a toy or something, but for me, this was life.'
When asked what she's say to her younger self, Karen said: 'I look at young Karen as a third person now, as a result of my therapy. But I'd tell her, "We did it." I wish I could give her a hug, to be honest.'
Karen says, 'People need to be told to talk and address this. People need to come out. There are probably many people watching who know what I'm talking about.' Karen is supporting our Never Too Late To Tell campaign, aimed at helping victims of abuse speak out.
If you want to speak to someone about childhood sexual abuse, rape or sexual violence there are helplines HERE. #NeverTooLateToTell
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT SEXUAL ABUSE THERE ARE MANY ORGANISATIONS WHO CAN HELP
NAPAC (the National Association for People Abused in Childhood)
The UK’s leading national charity offering support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect.
NAPAC’s support line - national support line for adult survivors of any type of childhood abuse, 0808 801 0331 free from UK landlines or mobiles. They don’t ask names, they don’t record calls, the number won’t show up on your bill. Around one in 5 callers to our support line are telling someone for the first time about what they suffered.
Go to www.napac.org.uk for information and resources for survivors, professionals and people who have friends or family who were abused in childhood.
We have some advice for friends and family on how to support someone who is a survivor http://napac.org.uk/know-a-survivor/.
The Survivors Trust
UK network of support organisations for survivors of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse. Offers extensive information resources plus details of your local specialist support.
Helpline: 0800 1111
ChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people. You can contact ChildLine in these ways: You can phone on 0800 1111, send us an email, have a 1-2-1 chatwith us, send a message to Ask Sam and you can post messages to the ChildLine message boards. You can contact ChildLine about anything - no problem is too big or too small. If you are feeling scared or out of control or just want to talk to someone you can contact ChildLine.
NHSChoices – Help after rape and sexual assault
Sexual violence is a crime, no matter who commits it or where it happens. Don’t be afraid to get help.
Sexual Abuse Referral Centres – Find a SARC
SARCs are specialist medical and forensic services for anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted. They aim to be one-stop service, providing the following under one roof: medical care and forensic examination following assault/rape and, in some locations, sexual health services. Medical Services are free of charge and provided to women,men, young people and children.
Helpline: 0808 802 9999 (12-2.30 & 7-9.30)
National Organisation offering support and counselling for those affected by rape and sexual abuse. See website for local groups or contact directory enquiries.
Supportline: 0808168 9111
Our services are confidential, free and available to anyone who's been raped or sexually assaulted, now or in the past.We can help, regardless of whether you have told the police or anyone else about the attack. Our volunteers can visit you at home (if you want us to, and if doing so will not put you at further risk) or somewhere else if you prefer. If you don't want to see anyone face-to-face, you can also talk to us on the 'phone, either at one of our local offices or at the national Victim Supportline.
RASAC (Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre)
NationalHelpline: 0808 802 9999 (12-2.30 & 7-9.30)
National helpline for survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse, their families and friends. Provides emotional and practical support.
Women Against Rape
This is the joint website of Women Against Rape and Black Women's Rape Action Project. Both organisations are based on self-help and provide support, legal information and advocacy. We campaign for justice and protection for all women and girls,including asylum seekers, who have suffered sexual, domestic and/or racist violence.
Support and resource for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Questioning Survivors of Rape & Sexual Abuse
The Survivors Trust
http://www.thesurvivorstrust.org/find-support/ - FindSupport
Rape and sexual abuse can happen to anyone regardless of their age, gender, race, religion, culture or social status. Living with the consequences of rape and sexual abuse can be devastating. We believe that all survivors are entitled to receive the best possible response to their needs whether or not they choose to report.
Women's Aid Federation
National Domestic Violence Helpline (24hrs): 08457 023 047
Women's Aid is the national domestic violence charity that helps up to 250,000 women and children every year. We work to end violence against women and children, and support over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the country.
Survivors UK – Male Rape and Sexual Abuse Support
We understand the effect which male rape and sexual abuse can have upon those who are forced to experience it, and we're well aware of the traumatic process which it can set in motion. If you are a man who has suffered sexual abuse or rape in the past, you can turn to us for help. We have a range of support options to help you recover from your experience and put the past behind you.
MPower – Support for Male Survivors of Abuse
Helpline: 0808 808 4321
It can sometimes be difficult to talk about rape, sexual assault and childhood abuse. This website offers information and contact points for agencies which specialise in these issues. Many survivors say that the hardest part of coming to terms with what has happened is to learn to stop blaming themselves. Nobody deserves to be raped. No survivor deserves the blame. TALK about your anger. TALK about your feelings. TALK to someone you can trust.
Helpline: 0808 802 9999 (12-2.30 & 7-9.30)
National Organisation offering support and counselling for those affected by rape and sexual abuse.
Many Rape Crisis Centres provide support services for men and boys who have experienced sexual violence, as a child and/or as an adult. Rape Crisis Centres that do not provide services for men or boys will be able to give you information about relevant support organisations. See website for local groups or contact directory enquiries.
Rape or sexual assault: information for men
Supportline: 0808 168 9111
Our services are confidential, free and available to anyone who's been raped or sexually assaulted, now or in the past. We can help, regardless of whether you have told the police or anyone else about the attack. Our volunteers can visit you at home (if you want us to, and if doing so will not put you at further risk) or somewhere else if you prefer. If you don't want to see anyone face-to-face, you can also talk to us on the 'phone, either at one of our local offices or at the national Victim Supportline.
THEY HAVE A LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP BUT SUSANNA REID ADMITS PIERD MORGAN IS 'A REALLY GOOD FRIEND'
They're famous for their on screen bickering and banter. But Susanna Reid joined us and revealed she's close to her Good Morning Britain co-host Piers Morgan and admits he's the perfect breakfast TV host, saying, ''He's the one you want to wake up to in the morning'.
'He's brilliant,' she added. 'Anyone who knows him behind the scenes knows he's a good person, he's a good friend. I think we're very balanced.'
Susanna took a marker pen to a picture of Piers in the green room before the show which eagle-eyed Piers noticed, tweeting: 'It's a crime to deface a national treasure.'
Susanna also talked about GMB's 1 Million Minutes campaign which encourages viewers to pledge their time to volunteer for a lonely older person this Christmas.
As part of the campaign, Susanna was transformed into a pensioner with the help of prosthetics, added wrinkles and a grey wig.
'I still feel in my twenties and, of course, when I looked in the mirror made up as an 85-year-old I thought to myself "but I don't feel any older", and then I thought 'but of course I won't feel any older',' she told us.
'When I'm 85 I will still feel exactly the same as I do now so we mustn't think of people as older people, they are just people, they are members of our family, they're who we are going to be.'
GOK WAN'S FESTIVE FASHION TIPS
Gok - who is supporting Small business Saturday which supports your local shops - was on hand to give us some festive fashion advice.
'If there's a great dress you really love and you've worn it last year and the year before it doesn't matter, maybe change your accessories and shoes,' Gok said. 'It depends who you feel in that frock.'
And on wearing your favourite dress many times, Gok saying, 'If you feel great in it, you feel great.'
And Gok's fashion tips for the party season?
- Get your underwear right
- Wear a dress that you absolutely want to wear
- Make sure it fits your body shape
- Make sure you're dressing for yourself and not anybody else
- Make sure you have several drinks.
ED BALLS TEACHES JANET STREET PORTER AND RUTH LANGSFORD TO DANCE!
He's left the Strictly dancefloor behind but Ed Balls gave us a twirl when he appeared on the show. Ed, who'll be joining the Strictly tour next year, talked about finding his 'inner Beyonce', returning to politics and losing nearly a stone and a half in weight.
On his professional partner Katja Jones...
'Every now and then, she would say "You've got to work harder", and I would say, "You really wanted Danny Mac, didn't you?"'
On finding his inner diva...
'I don't think I realised I had an inner Beyoncé.'
On being a sex symbol...
'I don't think I've taken that on board. I've taken the snakehips home.'
On returning to politics...
'I'm not sure if I wanted to be an MP again I would've spent last weekend doing Zoolander stuff. I think reality TV and entertainment is a great thing and I'd like to do more of it.'
GREGG WALLACE TALKS ABOUT BEING SEXUALLY ABUSED AS A CHILD
In an emotional conversation, Gregg talked about being sexually assaulted as a child. He had written about being abused as an eight-year-old child in his autobiography Life on a Plate which was published in 2012.
Talking about the footballers who are coming forward to reveal they had been sexually abused by coaches when they were children, brave Gregg talked about his own feelings.
'I imagine my experience is typical. You feel guilty, you feel like you’re playing some part in it – sorry I’m getting a bit emotional – and of course you haven’t,' he said.
Explaining why he chose to speak out about his abuse, Gregg added: 'I wanted people to know because it happens because it’s people that you like and that you're close to - it's not someone standing in a mac in an alleyway.
'It's someone whose appearance to the rest of the world is that of a decent person. It’s an awful thing.'
Asked what advice he has for any survivors of childhood abuse, Gregg said, 'You have to speak up, you're not in trouble, you haven’t done anything wrong. You're a child, you don’t know what's happening. You're just a part of this – it's being done to you.'
Janet, Ruth, June and Ayda all praised Gregg for his bravery.
If you or someone you know would like to talk about historical sexual abuse, we have helplines here.
ANDREA REVEALS SHE SUFFERS FROM SOCIAL ANXIETY
After Robbie Williams discussed having social anxiety over the summer, Andrea explained she
'I have a very anxious personality and I've found it's got worse and worse the older that I get', she said.
'I am like Robbie, I will cancel - sorry to my friends - I'm a nightmare and will cancel on friends an hour before,' Andrea said. 'I get myself worked up. I get eczema here, a little break out [on my cheek]. I get panicky, my heart starts going, I have sweaty palms just thinking about it. I'm rubbish at Christmas dos. The only time I'm comfortable is when people come round to my house.'
'I need a get out clause. Quite often I will drive. I never say goodbye, I slope away and go home, I can escape,' Andrea added.
To find out more about anxiety, you can visit our Lighten The Load campaign here