Agenda’s social media campaign #ThisisMyStory is raising women’s voices by sharing their experiences in their own words.
Around 1.2 million women in England and Wales have experienced extensive violence and abuse as both children and adults.
As a result, they are often deeply traumatised and go on to face multiple problems like poverty, homelessness, poor mental health and using drugs and alcohol as coping mechanisms.
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For most of my life I’ve been on the radar of one support service or another. Starting with the care system and a host of child psychologists and social workers. Not one of them took enough interest in me to see past my behaviour and recognise me as a very damaged child. Read more
When I was 13, I ended up in care. My mum chose her boyfriend over me basically. I think because I thought no-one loved me, I ended up self-harming. It was just taking the pain away from me. I know it sounds mad that self-harming takes away the pain, but it did at that time. Read more
As a child I always felt a bit different. I was sexually abused by family members and I was raped by a stranger as a child. Through my teenage years I had an issue with my weight and became bulimic. I’d used drugs from 12… Read more
If you looked at all the things that have happened in my life you would think I was two different people. My CV would say been to uni, got a degree, done all this good stuff. But then there’d be heroin addict, prostitute, been raped, been to prison four times, stolen from her family… Read more
I took drugs non-stop from being thirteen till about 2008. I started on the party drugs but it just spiralled out of control and I got into crack and heroin. The only time I had a break was when I got pregnant when I was 17. Read more
I grew up with three sisters, my mum and dad split up when I was young and my mum was an alcoholic. I kept running away because I had no love. I used to be jealous of my friends because they had mum, dad and everything was great, or that’s how I perceived it. Read more