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I've been scared to let anyone in since my uncle assaulted me

Nov 18, 2021

DEAR DEIDRE: I’M scared to let anyone close to me since my uncle sexually assaulted me.

He’s very close to my mother as they had a rough childhood and were there for one another when my grandfather used to hit my grandmother.


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My uncle of 59 got drunk at my cousin’s wedding three years ago and he followed me up the stairs to my hotel room, pushed me inside and raped me.

I was traumatised but I felt if I said anything nobody would believe me. I cut all contact with him.

I’m 28 now and I was always confident and outgoing. Now I’m not.

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A guy at work asked me out and he’s lovely. He’s 30.

We started regularly dating but as soon as things got sexual, I had to ask him to stop.

DEIDRE SAYS: I’m sorry you’ve been through such trauma. Please seek urgent help for yourself.

You can find the best support through Rape Crisis (rapecrisis.org.uk, 0808 802 9999) who will give emotional support and help you to decide if you want to take things further by pressing charges against your uncle.

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