“It wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I realised I’d been abused”

It wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I realised I’d been abused. I met a good man when I was 19 and had children. Over the years I began to trust him and we started having conversations as I progressed through my 20s. I knew I should be honest with him but I didn’t know what to tell him.

I still have a whole heap of weird notions around sex that I don’t have the words to talk about.

I’ve seen a psychologist and therapist for many years. At first I thought that I’d go for a while and be fixed and free. Now I understand this will be a lifelong process.

I adore my children and they’re all thriving. I’ve talked to them about sexual abuse but not my own.

My mother came to visit recently. She just booked a ticket and arrived. I can’t even tell you how I feel about it. So many emotions and I don’t want them to hate her, even though I don’t trust her around them.


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