If you have been sexually assaulted please contact your nearest Centre Against Sexual Assault. In Victoria, phone 1800 806 292. In the rest of Australia phone 1800 RESPECT

Deborah’s story

Story from Lean on me by Tor Roxburg and the Lean on me sexual assault support group

When I was young, I used to love getting in bed with my dad, just to have a cuddle. Until one morning when it went too far. He touched me where I didn’t want to be touched.

I was too young to say no. I didn’t even know it was wrong. He kept saying to me, ‘ This is our secret. Nobody is to know anything about this.’ It went on for over a year- a year too long. It really me that a person I should be able to trust, cheated and hurt me.

Four and a half years later, I’m still scared he’ll hurt me again. Just as I get rid of those horrible memories, I have a nightmare about him. Then it seems to start all over again. Now when I’m in a room with a man I know well or do not know at all; I can’t look at him straight in the eye.

There are a few people I’d like to thank: Bronwyn, Leigh, Jenny, and everyone in Lean On Me. Thank you all for being there and helping me sort out my problems

If you don't want to talk to the police you can report anonymously at Sexual Assault Report Anonymously

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