One of the hardest parts about telling people that I had been through sexual abuse was thinking that no one would believe me. That I would face it alone.

The reality was I wasn’t alone from the moment I started confiding in people about what happened. Knowing people believed in me gave me the courage to tell my parents and even the police. The most important part was no one judged me for not coming forward sooner, for not feeling like I could talk about it sooner and no one pressed me to talk about it unless I wanted to.

Once I did tell my parents about what had happened to me it felt as though a weight had been lifted off of my shoulders, they left it completely up to me whether I wanted to go to the police or not but at the same time made sure that I knew they were behind me and believed me.

Having the support of the people closest to me was incredible knowing they believed me and just wanted to support me.

Supporting a victim sexual abuse is a hard thing to do but it will mean everything to them.

– Stacey xo

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