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A female survivor

 

Speaking out

We have found that many survivors of childhood abuse go through different stages as they heal. At NAPAC, we are working hard to provide all of the resources we can to empower survivors to take control of their healing. Every survivor is unique and so are the processes by which healing occurs.

If you were abused in any way as a child then you are not alone and what happened to you wasn't your fault; child abuse is never the child's fault.

We know how powerful it can be to hear from others who have been in similar situations as it helps us realise that we are not alone. We are able to identify with others' experiences and so we hope that amongst the information and personal accounts on our site, you will be able to find something that resonates with you.

In our Mini Autobiographies and Creative Pieces areas, survivors and their supporters have given us permission to share their experiences to give you more insight into helpful (and unhelpful) reactions and to help you know that you are not alone. Giving survivors a voice is a major deterrent to abusers.

Survivors' voices

We invite survivors to find their voice and share their experiences. We welcome all submissions either as short autobiographical pieces or as creative pieces. There may be times when you want your story to be told and there may be other times when you don't want anyone to know about what happened to you. Be gentle with yourself and allow for these different feelings.

Autobiographical pieces

Mini autobiographies can be published on these pages either anonymously or named (please indicate clearly what name you want to be publicized - and copy the following text into the email you send us: "I [insert name] give NAPAC permission to publish my story on their website and use it in NAPAC literature"). You can submit these here.

Please note: NAPAC makes every effort to remove all identifying information. Names of perpetrators are only used where there has been a conviction in a court of law. NAPAC is not responsible for the accuracy of the stories.

Creative pieces

We invite survivors to send in any creative works (for example, poetry, other writings, music, artwork, etc.) to be published on these pages either anonymously or named (please indicate clearly what name you want to be publicized - and copy the following text into the email you send us: "I [insert name] give NAPAC permission to publish my creative works on their website and use it in NAPAC literature"). You can submit these here.

Please note: NAPAC makes every effort to remove all identifying information. Names of perpetrators are only used where there has been a conviction in a court of law. NAPAC is not responsible for the accuracy of the stories.

 

 

Trigger warning: Material may trigger some painful memories