After abuse your mind can become like a prison. You always see the same walls and the same things prevent you from moving on, say young experts
There are only so many times you can be left waiting, told you don't meet the criteria for support, or told that the help you need doesn't exist before you start to think you're unimportant, your experiences don't matter, or even that you deserved the abuse you experienced.
Knowing what this feels like, helping the NSPCC create this campaign by describing what it's like to need and struggle to get support after abuse, means that for us, this campaign is a chance to tell the Government and the public how urgent this issue is.
There needs to be a total rethink of the way children and young people are supported after abuse, and to have young people's needs at the centre of the conversation.