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Lisa was sexually abused as a child by her godfather and a cousin. Like many victims, she was afraid to tell her parents because she assumed they wouldn't believe her. In fact, her parents were abusive themselves, albeit in a more passive way. Her father was an alcoholic and suffered from severe depression, while her mother was incredibly controlling and would spread lies about Lisa around the community.
These rumours inevitably found their way to Lisa's school, where she became the victim of further abuse - this time at the hands of her peers. She would return home covered in bruises from the beatings she had endured, but even this didn't inspire her mother to take more care of her.
Lisa was incredibly bright. She spoke fluent Spanish and Italian and despite suffering horrific abuse both at home and school, she managed to sit some of her GCSEs and even achieve A* grades. But all the while, her home life was becoming more and more unbearable.
Lisa tried leaving home but her controlling mother wouldn't allow it. She would confiscate Lisa's phone and clothes so that she would have no means to escape the continuing abuse. Eventually though, Lisa built up a collection of belongings in her school locker and fled.
Lisa could have ended up in serious danger on the streets. But luckily, she was instantly referred to Centrepoint, where she was given a safe, warm bed and emotional support to come to terms with her abusive past.
Lisa still fears her mother will try and find her, but she is mostly looking forward. She is sitting the rest of her GCSEs and taking A-levels in Spanish and Italian. She is even looking into her options so that she can prosecute her godfather, the family friend who took advantage of her so horrifically.
If it wasn't for the support of Centrepoint and the people who Sponsor a Young Person, this potential for a new and happier future simply wouldn't be there.