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Anna was just seven when she was removed from her home, where she had been hurt in terrible ways all her life. Both Anna’s parents struggled with drug and alcohol addictions. They’d often attack each other before turning their fists on her. She lived in squalor, surrounded by more than 20 cats, some dead.
The worst part is, from the time Anna was just three, her parents handed her over to paedophiles in exchange for drugs. To keep her quiet, she was overfed with treats and junk food.
When Anna came into our care, she couldn’t be left alone, even for a moment. Utterly traumatised, she would panic even if her carer went to the toilet. Anna’s behaviour was the most extreme her caseworker had ever seen.
“She would just scream at the top of her voice. She would wet herself, defecate and be incredibly violent towards herself and others. She couldn’t understand what she was feeling. She was just really, really scared.”
Her appalling diet, the beatings and the filthy conditions she’d lived in had all taken their toll, leaving her with health issues, delayed speech and poor motor skills.
It took months of intensive support from a team of specialists before Anna’s behaviour started to change. We worked with a dietician to help her overcome the constant urge to eat, as well as occupational and speech therapists. Every day we called to check on her progress, reassuring her carers that all their patience would pay off in time. After all her suffering, and childhood-destroying sexual abuse, Anna has now started on her long road to recovery.
We want to make sure that every child gets this chance. Please donate today so we can help every child who turns to us begin to heal from abuse.
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