a mother's thank you NSPCC presentation helped girl to disclose abuse to her mum

Boys and girls in school playgroundWe received this letter from a mother, following a visit to a school by a member of our Fundraising team.

"I understand that you were involved with delivering an awareness and fundraising presentation in my daughter's school during the last academic year (summer term). My daughter had informed me of your talk that day and appeared to have gained a lot from it.

"During the summer she disclosed to me that a close member of our family was making her feel 'uncomfortable'. It transpires that she, my eldest daughter and two nieces had been indecently assaulted by this person over a number of years.

"Whilst she was very distressed at the time of telling, I am of the view that she drew her strength and understanding from your talk, enabling her to speak out."

"This has come as a huge shock to my family but thanks to her courage in speaking out, the abuse has stopped and the police are now dealing with the perpetrator to ensure he cannot hurt any other child. Whilst she was very distressed at the time of telling, I am of the view that she drew her strength and understanding from your talk, enabling her to speak out. She described the experience of holding onto the abuse in her mind as 'carrying a donkey on her back', a huge and heavy burden.

"She has made considerable progress since telling. The school has been very supportive and has arranged counselling for her which I hope will commence in the very near future.

"Whilst you directly helped one child, indirectly it was four. I cannot thank you enough."

"I am writing to thank you personally for helping my daughter see that she was not the only child who has suffered in silence, for encouraging her to tell, and understand she would be listened to and believed. The NSPCC Schools Programme is an important source of education and support for all children.

"Whilst you directly helped one child, indirectly it was four. I cannot thank you enough. I wish you and your team continued success in reaching children who are quietly hurting."


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Names and identifying features have been changed to protect identity. Photographs have been posed by models.