DEAR DEIDRE: SINCE I told people that my teacher and babysitter abused me when I was a young boy, everyone has distanced themselves from me.
I was repeatedly raped from the age of eight to eleven, but was too scared to speak up.
I suppressed the memories.
I’m now 18, and have been self-harming and had mental health problems.
A counsellor helped me open up.
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But since I told my family and a few close friends, they’ve been avoiding me.
I feel so alone and it’s making my mental health worse.
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DEIDRE SAYS: Nothing that happened to you was your fault.
But hearing the truth is making those close to you uncomfortable, and perhaps your family feels guilty for not protecting you.
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If your relationship with your counsellor is good, it would be worth going back for continued support.
You could also share my support pack, Abused As A Child, with your family to help them process what has happened to you.
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