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Anna's Story

To say that Anna was robbed of her childhood would be an understatement. At the age of just four years old, she witnessed her own father raping her mother. Before long, Anna and her two sisters were also being physically abused. Her father finally left the family home, but he was simply replaced by a string of violent men who continued the physical and mental abuse of Anna and her sisters.

Dangerously neglected

Her mother eventually found a long-term boyfriend, but true to form, she chose someone who tormented, bullied and beat her daughters. And rather than protecting them, she was neglecting them. They went unclothed, unfed and unloved by the woman who was supposed to be nurturing them.

Forced onto the streets

Soon after turning sixteen, Anna was forcibly thrown out of her home and told never to return. She was alone, afraid and completely unprepared for the dangers of the streets. It's no surprise that she began to self-harm and it wasn't long before she attempted to take her own life.

Hope for the future

Despite Anna's terrifying past, there is finally a glimmer of hope in Anna's life. She has been working hard with Centrepoint's mental health team to try and leave behind the image she has of herself as 'disgusting' an identity she picked up from the years of abuse and neglect.

There's a long way to go before Anna can achieve independence, but she's already made huge progress and no longer feels the need to pick up a razor blade whenever she feels depressed. We're sure that given time and the attention she deserves from Centrepoint and our supporters, Anna can still go on to lead a fulfilling, happy life.

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