When I was nine my family and I went to Pakistan for a holiday. That’s where I experienced abuse by a family member, who has since died.
It destroyed every sense of confidence I had. I felt disgusting, lowly and impure.
I didn’t tell anyone for nine years and the stress got so bad I tried to take my life.
Eventually I gathered up the courage to tell my parents. They were incredibly supportive and I felt as if a huge weight had been lifted off my chest.
Fixers is helping me get my message out to other young people: if you have been abused or feel at risk – tell someone you trust.
It’s not just for your own good – but it could stop the abuser going on to harm other children.
Shak & Natasha
Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and featured on ITV.