‘I BELIEVED IT WAS MY FAULT’: SURVIVOR OF CHILDHOOD SEX ABUSE SPEAKS OUT
By Megan Sutton
Sexual abuse is a devastating crime that runs throughout society, yet stigma and taboo around being sexually abused still prevents some survivors from speaking out.
Dawn left her hometown at 18 and put her past to the back of her mind; in fact she didn’t associate what happened to her as being abuse.
‘I never got a memo when I was 18 that said “you were child abused.” I always just believed what I was told about it, which was “It’s your fault and you brought it on yourself.” That’s what I carried with me,’ she told us.
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