You may be afraid to talk about the abuse, feel you don’t know who to tell or are worried about what their reaction might be. Many people worry that they will not be believed or will be blamed for what happened to them in some way. You are not to blame.
The burden of carrying the secret of sexual abuse around can weigh you down and have affect on all areas of your life. Many people who have experienced rape or sexual abuse feel that they have lost all control and this can continue for some time after the assault. Telling someone about the abuse and releasing the 'secret' can be a way for you to regain control over the experience. You can tell someone who cares about you or a healthcare professional, your GP or you can call us and speak to one of our crisis workers.
Our crisis workers are here to offer support and are available 24 hours a day, to access Horizon West Midlands services contact us on 0808 168 5698.