During recovery it is possible to feel isolated and I think it’s important that others, like me, realise they are not alone.
With the help of Fixers, I want to try to break the stigma surrounding abuse and mental health and make sure others have an understanding of what the road to recovery can be like.
I will be creating a film to tell the story of a fictional character who is recovering from childhood abuse.
I hope that this can be shown in schools or used by relevant agencies so it reaches as many survivors, or families of survivors, as possible.
Devon Rape Crisis Service The Devon Rape Crisis Service supports my Fixers project. A representative from the organisation attended my screening event and spoke to me afterwards about how I might be able to work with them.
Devon Youth Service Devon Youth Service are supporting my Fix. They were represented at my screening and are keen for me to be involved with some of their youth projects.
Councillor Keith Owen, Exeter City Council Councillor Owen, who is the Portfolio Holder for Environment, Health and Wellbeing on Exeter City Council, is backing my Fixers project. He has described my film as ‘moving’ and ‘thought-provoking’.
University of Exeter Students' Guild Representatives from the University of Exeter Students’ Guild supported my Fix by coming to my screening and by helping me secure a venue for the event for free.
A representative from the Domestic Violence and Abuse Service came to my screening event. The organisation are keen for me to work with them.
December 2013 I screened my film to an audience of more than forty people, including representatives from a local council, youth service, rape crisis centre and domestic abuse service. Other survivors of abuse were also there.
The feedback I received was overwhelmingly positive and included the following comments:
Councillor Keith Owen, Exeter City Council: ‘It was very moving and thought-provoking.’
Lisa Rutter, Team Leader at Devon Youth Service: ‘Inspirational, honest and educational. I would welcome a copy of the film to show in youth centres.’
A trainee teacher: ‘Such a brave person and an incredible thing to do. You are an inspiration and keep speaking out. As a trainee teacher I think more people should hear about the issues you have covered at a young age. Thank you, and keep going.’
Anonymous: ‘Tonight was a really eye-opening experience for me and I feel I have gone away with a better understanding of the recovery process. The whole thing was very moving. Becki is incredibly brave to speak out as she has and is an inspiration to others that are struggling. I feel privileged to have been here tonight.’