It started when I was really young, so young I can really remember exactly. But at night time, as far back as I can remember I’d be lying in bed trying to fall asleep and my mind would wander. I’d get stuck on something that didn’t fit in, like a wrong puzzle piece mixed into the puzzle. Then, when I would direct my attention to it my whole body would tighten up.

Not easy when you’re 7.

The abuse started again in my teens, by the same person, but this time I remembered every single thing. Over and over again.

My teens were horrible really,  because whatever my brain had done to protect me as a child just stopped working, and everything started to flood back in. 

Abuse doesn’t stop when the abuse stops, because for the rest of your life you’re still coming up against stuff that has something to do with it.

Step by step, session by session, One in Four has been able to help me. They have helped me overcome the guilt, the shame, and find pathways to deal with things. There's still ups and downs but I am coping well. I look forward to things now, things really are ok. 

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