‘I think every kid wants to grow up in a happy family unit, but sometimes that’s not the case,’ says Fixer 'Sarah', who witnessed and experienced domestic violence growing up.
She now wants to inspire others to speak out about abuse at home and not suffer in silence.
Her story was shown on ITV News Calendar on Monday 7th October.
Throughout her childhood, the 16-year-old from the Yorkshire region says she was physically abused by her father, who also physically and sexually assaulted her sister and mother.
Sarah, whose real name has not been used, says: ‘For as long as I’ve known my dad, he’s always wanted nothing but control. He used us as his own personal punch bags.
‘Most of the time, I did think it was normal, because he used to say it’s just discipline. So I used to think, well if it’s just discipline, all the other kids at school are going through it. But there were certain times when I genuinely was very scared.’
With the help of Fixers, Sarah aims to raise awareness about domestic abuse and make sure victims are speaking out.
‘Having this chance to raise some awareness is absolutely fantastic, because I know I’m not the only one suffering,’ explains Sarah. ‘So it gives me a chance to show that it doesn’t have to be like this for the rest of your life – there is a way out.’