Irish Daily Mail - YOU - - HEALTH -

Two years ago, a gang of teenagers linked to my beau­ti­ful daugh­ter’s school groomed her. I later dis­cov­ered they had raped her when she turned 13 and that she had be­come ad­dicted to drugs. She re­ported it, but would not give their names as they had told her that worse would hap­pen if she did. We moved to a dif­fer­ent area and I sent her to a new school, but she be­gan tru­ant­ing. Then she got in­volved with an abu­sive man who gave her drugs. She started dis­ap­pear­ing and I had to call the po­lice sev­eral times. She be­gan phys­i­cally at­tack­ing her brother and me. Even­tu­ally, I couldn’t take any more and asked so­cial ser­vices to take her into care. It broke my heart. But it hasn’t helped – she is still on drugs and seek­ing out abu­sive men. I am on a wait­ing list for coun­selling. I am cling­ing on to life by my fin­ger­tips, but keep go­ing for my son’s sake. What has hap­pened to your daugh­ter is ab­so­lutely ap­palling – it’s no won­der you are com­pletely dev­as­tated. It is im­por­tant that any men who have abused her are re­ported to the po­lice. I am very con­cerned about you and want you to get help and sup­port. Please con­tact One in Four (one­in­four.ie,), which helps the fam­i­lies of peo­ple who have been abused as well as the vic­tims them­selves. You can also try Women’s Aid (wom­en­said.ie) which can di­rect you to your near­est sup­port groups for sur­vivors of abuse and those who wish to sup­port them. I hope that, in time, you and your daugh­ter will be able to have a re­la­tion­ship.

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