I was abused as a young child from the ages of approx 4-7 by a close family member. I suffered mentally as a teenager because of this, regularly self harming and suicide attempts.
I was then sexually assaulted at 15, also by another family member.
Drug use came after I stopped self harming as another escape. Thankfully not for long.
I buried the assault for over 15 years and just tried to carry on as normal for the sake of others.
But then I took a stand. I confronted him. He doesn’t have the right to be involved in the positives of my life.
I won’t be silent anymore to protect abusers.
We need to stand together so the abusers have no where to hide.