It's time we demand that every child who's been abused gets the support they need to recover, says Samantha
For years, I didn't know why I'd get panic attacks when I heard keys. I spent most of my childhood in foster homes or children's homes and even now, I don't really understand how the abuse started.
I was befriended by people who worked at the care home, who gave me treats, made me feel special. Then one night, when I was 13, two workers both assaulted me in my bedroom.
All the staff in the home carried keys that gave them access to every bedroom. So the abusers were the people monitoring the home, sleeping in the room next door.
I didn't go to anybody immediately afterwards because I didn't want to get them into trouble. I know now that was a result of the way they'd groomed me. Eventually, I told social workers, but there was never any support, no offer of counselling or therapy. I've no idea if it was available.