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Posted On: 22nd Jan 2016

How to Seek Support

Fixers resource title 'Project Indigo'
The booklet contains information about how to find support
A part of the Fixers booklet

A woman who was sexually abused when she was a child is urging youngsters to confide in someone after she spent years suffering in silence.

 

Sarah, whose real name has not been used, has created a booklet showing people where they can get help.

 

The 19-year-old, from Gloucestershire, says friends, family and teachers can all provide support.

 

She says: ‘I was raped and sexually abused between the ages of 12 to 16.

 

‘I didn’t know what to do or who to talk to and now I suffer from panic attacks, anxiety and I cannot walk alone in the dark.

 

'Someone might need physical aid for injuries or emotional support such as someone to talk too.

 

‘I didn’t find the support I needed but now I find comfort in having my best friends around me to talk to.

 

‘It’s made me a stronger person but I don’t want others to feel alone and helpless like I did.’

 

 

You can view Sarah’s booklet ‘Project Indigo’, which is designed to fit into pockets or wallets, by clicking on the image below.

 

 

‘I want to launch it in schools and established youth venues so teachers and students will know they have options.

 

‘If someone has hurt you, it’s not your fault and you’re never alone.’

 

Sarah hopes her project will prevent others from feeling isolated and show them a proper course of action to take if faced with mental ill health.

 

‘Don’t just assume that no one can help you,’ Sarah adds.

 

‘If you feel unsafe or something bad has happened, talk to someone you trust.’

 

To find other resources on this topic, and watch more Fixers films, click on the image below. 

 

Author: Cara Laithwaite

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