I spent the first 20 years of my life being physically, sexually, mentally and emotionally abused and neglected. I have never known 'normal' my life has been a barrage of extreme experiences which has given me permanent Mental Health problems I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)) at 16.
Now I live free from the abuse and my abusers but I still struggle every day with the effects of this abuse.
When I was finally free from them I though I wouldn't have to hide any more but I was coerced into hiding by those who would rather hear an easy lie than the hard truth.
Now I hope to become as free and as open I about my life and who it has made me so that I might be heard and understood.
I can only hope that this helps us face an ugly epidemic in our society as to how and why Child Abuse occurs.
Once you can understand how this abuse can affect you your entire life, that it's affect can be truly devastating can you understand the importance of changing the way we as a society see children.
We need to challenge our outdated concepts of responsibility and recognise the negative impact that the way we view children is having on them.