It was a few months after I split up with my long-term boyfriend that I realised he had raped me.
We were in a secure and loving relationship, and I thought we would be together forever.
However, he had sex with me repeatedly despite me telling him that I did not want to.
It didn’t occur to me at the time that this was sexual abuse, I thought it was normal.
It was only later when we had separated and I spoke to a counsellor, that I realsed that he had raped me.
I didn’t really tell anyone about what happened to me because there is so much stigma surrounding the subject.
My experience shows that there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ rape. I wasn’t attacked by a violent stranger in an alleyway, instead I was abused by the person I loved the most.
I decided to make a film with Fixers to help young people understand that sexual abuse can happen to anyone and to encourage people to speak out about it.
Shak & Natasha
Mary-Anne White and Lucy Wills
Me and my friends want young people to know that calories aren't the enemy!
Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and featured on ITV.