I was sexually abused by my cousin and then later by two older men, so called friends of the family. I never told anyone. I thought it was my fault – I should have stopped them.
I had been to counselling before but there was only a few sessions and I just couldn’t bring myself to tell them.
I went to MCTC because my girlfriend said I needed help. Our relationship was suffering cos I kept having flashbacks and I couldn’t trust her, even though I really loved her. I also started drinking so I didn’t have to think about it.
I think it was my third session before I actually told my counsellor what had happened to me. I was so ashamed and embarrassed – I thought she would be disgusted with me but she was calm and told me that it was my abusers who should be ashamed, not me. That was my first glimmer of hope.
It took a long time – I went every week for more than a year – but, when my sessions finished, I felt like a different person. My counsellor supported me every step of the way until I was ready to go it alone.
I hardly drink at all now and my girlfriend and me are getting married next year.
PAIN IS REAL BUT SO IS HOPE – Please Help MCTC to provide HOPE.