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I'm stood in front of you, about to make my first disclosure – and I’m terrified

What does it take for a victim of abuse to make their first disclosure? Rachel W’s story of the abuse she suffered as a child, its impact on her life and education, and how she finally disclosed is harrowing yet essential reading for anyone working in schools today...

I'm stood in front of you, I’m about to make my first disclosure. I’m terrified.

I was black and blue, everything hurt. Regardless of this, and the fear, and how my life was in danger, I was determined to stop it all.

I need you to make the time now. I need you to finally see me. I need you to keep me safe. I need you to believe me. You asked me to sit and explain what has happened. I have no voice, no words, just fear.

With hesitation, I reluctantly mustered the words and courage to tell you why I am so bruised. I can’t say about anything else, but I’m sure this is bad enough for you to take action.

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