Victoria | Child abuse

I am now in my 50s, but over 40 years ago I was sexually abused over the course of several years by a retired police officer who lived near us. He was trusted and respected by everyone, including my parents, which is partly what enabled him to continue the abuse for such a long period of time. This abuse has led to mental health problems, including anxiety and depression, problems forming intimate relationships, I have never wanted children because of what happened to me. It is something that will never leave me.

Constabulary: West Mercia Police

Timespan: Over 40 years ago

Did you report it to the police?: No

Your ethnicity: White British

Have you experienced suicidality due to this?: Thoughts/feelings

Are you disabled as defined under the Equality Act 2010?: No

Illustration by Danny Noble

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