Speak­ing to Er­ica helped me see that my safety was at risk

Sunday Mail (UK) - - Opinion - Vic­tim Rachael

Rachael Bews, 26, Ross-shire

I had moved to Italy but be­gan to have con­cerns that I might be in dan­ger.

I needed to speak to some­body so I searched on­line for what sup­port was avail­able and came across the helpline.

I re­mem­ber say­ing, “I don’t know if I need to be call­ing but I can’t fig­ure this out by my­self.”

Er­ica said, “Don’t worry about fig­ur­ing it out. Just tell me what’s been go­ing on.” I im­me­di­ately felt at ease.

Speak­ing to her gave me clar­ity to see the dan­ger I was in.

For some time, I had been try­ing to con­vince my­self that things surely couldn’t be as bad as they were. Speak­ing to Er­ica val­i­dated my ex­pe­ri­ence and I knew I needed to do some­thing about the sit­u­a­tion I was in.

I couldn’t get a flight straight away so I made the de­ci­sion to stay an ex­tra 72 hours.

Er­ica had given me ad­vice on how to leave in the safest way pos­si­ble. By that point, I re­ally felt like I was flee­ing for my life so the prac­ti­cal sup­port of how to ac­tu­ally get out was in­valu­able.

With­out speak­ing to Er­ica, I don’t know if I’d have made it out.

Speak­ing to Er­ica was com­pletely piv­otal to my life as I know it now.

She was a friendly voice at the end of the phone who ended up sav­ing my life.

It’s in­cred­i­ble to have met her now and say in per­son how grate­ful I was for her help.

GRATE­FUL

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