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Siobhan Pyburn

 
Siobhan Pyburn from Southampton was just six or seven when her father first began to sexually abuse her, leaving her feeling ‘ashamed and responsible for the abuse’. 
It took nine terrible years before she dared to confide in her mother. Her father was later jailed for multiple sexual offences against her. 
At just 17, Siobhan worked with Fixers to create a website to help victims of sexual abuse.  
Now 26, she is an award-winning campaigner for children’s rights, and runs the Beam Project, a social enterprise which supports survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  
Siobhan is currently campaigning for those who work with children to have a legal duty to report known or suspected child abuse. 
    
Click here to read more about Siobhan’s project and campaigning work.

Adam Shaikh

 
Adam is from Smethwick in the West Midlands, but he was in Pakistan on a family holiday when he was abused by a distant relative, who has since died. 
Adam [19] was so distraught that he kept the secret for nine years, and even attempted suicide. ‘It destroyed every sense of confidence I had. I felt disgusting, lowly and impure,’ he recalls.  
Eventually, he found the courage to tell his parents, who were incredibly supportive as Adam worked to rebuild his life and his confidence. 
Adam created a film with Fixers to encourage other young people to report experiences of abuse.
 
Click here to discover more about Adam’s film.

'Kirsty'

 
'Kirsty'* [17] created an animated film with Fixers to illustrate the damage caused by revenge porn. 
Kirsty, from West Yorkshire, thought she was having an internet romance over Facebook with a fellow teenager. 'He told me he loved me,’ she recalls. In fact, the man was in his twenties, and when they met and had sex, he secretly filmed explicit footage of Kirsty.  
He then posted the film online, shared it with his friends - and threatened to send it to more people if she didn’t obey his demands.   
Kirsty was devastated, but found courage to report the crime. Now her abuser is facing prosecution, while Kirsty is campaigning for victims of revenge porn to be reassured that they are not to blame – their abuser is.
 
Click here to read more about Kirsty’s Fixers project.
*Kirsty’s name has been changed to protect her identity.

'Emma'

 
'Emma'* from Manchester, suffered repeated sexual abuse from the age of six. She only realised that her experience was not normal when she was 12 years old – and now she is campaigning with Fixers to educate other children.
‘Perhaps it could have been stopped earlier if I’d just been told what was right and wrong,’ she says. 
Using her own experience, Emma, who is now 26, is campaigning for better sex education so that children are able to recognise abusive behaviour, and know that they have the right to refuse consent.  
Working with Fixers, she has created a poster to identify the signs of sexual abuse, so that other children don’t suffer in silence as she did.
 
Click here to find out more about Emma’s project.
*Emma’s real name has not been used.   
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