"When I was nine I was sexually abused by a close family member. By the time I was 12, I got to the point where it was destroying me. "
When a child has been sexually abused, it creates painful feelings they often can't put into words. Our therapeutic play service, Letting the Future In, helps children like Amber open up and begin to rebuild their lives. It's vital more children get the support they desperately need.
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"I couldn’t find the words to tell my mum so I confided in a teacher I had a really good bond with. Before that, I spoke to Childline – they really helped me build up the courage."
"It’s constantly in your mind when you’ve been abused and it can be difficult to face the fact that it is abuse, it isn’t right, and it never will be right. The counsellor changed my perspective and helped me do something I’d wanted to do for 2 years. She made me realise I didn’t have to let this destroy me."
"Eventually I went to the doctor and was referred to NHS CAMHS counselling, who then referred me to the NSPCC’s Letting the Future In service."
"Dom* from the NSPCC was brilliant. He got to know me well as he saw me every week. I was never very good at talking about how I felt. Dom did a lot of work with me. Whatever I faced, I knew I was alright because I could talk to Dom about it. That was what got me through."
"It’s made an amazing difference to me and put things back into perspective that I can do what I want, and I can be who I want. It gave me this confidence I never had. I wish I had got to the NSPCC earlier before it all got really bad. I don’t think I would be here at all now if it wasn’t for the NSPCC."
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This is a true story but names have been changed and photographs have been posed by models.
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