Mum urges support for Childhood Day after discovering her children's abuse

Mum urges support for Childhood Day after discovering her children's abuse

Published by George Sharpe at 12:01am 21st June 2020.

A mother whose young son was sexually abused by a teenager has opened up for the first time about how the NSPCC helped her family.

The charity is facing a significant shortfall in funding, due to the Coronavirus, this Friday is the NSPCC's Childhood Day, a day where people across the region can help raise funds to keep the charity's services going. 

Zoe*, who lives in the South West is supporting Childhood Day, on Friday 26th June and tells us how the charity helped rebuild her son's life after he was sexually abused. 

Nathan*, was only four years old when he was first sexually abused by the son of family friends.

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The abuse went on for four years and when Nathan was eight years old, he spoke out to his mother about what was happening to him. He was then referred to the NSPCC's Letting the Future In Programme. 

Zoe said: 

"Before Letting the Future In Nathan was very confused, he was in a constant state of anxiety, would love his temper easily, very reactional, would avoid certain situations and was unable to articulate why he didn't want to do certain things.

"Letting the Future In has helped pick that apart and pinpoint it. It was really helpful to address the feelings, get him to identify what he was feeling.

"What was making him feel like that and slowly build his confidence, understanding and coping mechanisms around it."

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The NSPCC has helped Nathan come to terms with what has happened and supported him to move forward with his life. 

This Childhood Day, the NSPCC wants to bring together local people of all ages to celebrate everything great about being a kid and raise money so that it can be there for more children when they need it most. 

For more ideas on how to get involved and suggestions for fun events visit their website.

*names have been changed to protect identities