Some survivors are well aware of the trauma they experienced in childhood. They are troubled by memories of abuse, and they continue to live with the pain, confusion and feelings of loneliness they experienced as a child. They may be plagued by nightmares and flashbacks.Other survivors may not remember that they have been abused, or they may only remember some experiences of abuse. They may not percieve or acknowledge that what they experienced was abuse or neglect. It is very common for survivors to deny that an experience was abusive, or to minimise the seriousness of the abuse with 'it only happened once' or 'it wasn't so bad'. Many survivors live with symptoms of abuse, such as panic attacks, strange body sensations, inexplicable fears, or aches and pains, that they are unable to explain. Their body remembers what happens to them, and they relive the emotions and feelings associated with abuse over and over again - but many survivors don't connect these symptoms to their childhood abuse
 

Marsha McGuire
  Youth Worker

I missed out on essential guidance when I was a child. As a young adult, I knew how important generosity and fairness was, but I didn't know how to judge others or trust myself. Through persistence, I became good at managing life; I learned how and when to give way to others, how to speak up, create a sense of community wherever I am, to be myself, keep up my vitality and regulate my time.

I don't want young people today to take years to learn the things that should be taught early in life. 

I've designed these stories to be used as an indirect teaching tool. The young person learns by being in the story, not by reading about someone else or being told what to do. 

Remember the old adage ... 

tell me and I forget,
show me and I remember,
involve me and I understand.