NO ONE GIVES A SHIT ABOUT VICTIMS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, it has taken me a lifetime to build up the courage to write this, but here we go….. I was born in 1966, a brother to a loving family in London and my parents at the time were hard working and for all their work...

Poem by John Roedel

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This is my life, written down on paper

My name is ‘Rosie’. This is my life written down on paper. My childhood was not a very good one. My parents were heroin addicts and as you can imagine they were not very good at being parents. Throughout my whole life I had no boundaries no one to tell me off. I was...

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The Three Girls Workshop

Three Girls Workshop With lockdown having restricted the hosting of events ‘in person’ the Foundation recently ran on online meet-up centred around the BAFTA award winning BBC mini-series Three Girls.  The programme (for which Maggie worked as the Programme...


By Ryan Hooper, PA Chief Reporter  A new, specific law is required to give more rights to those affected by crime, the Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales has said. Dame Vera Baird QC said a change of culture'' was long overdue'' to look after'' victims of...

“I feel lost, and I don’t know if this pain will ever leave me…..”

I  was abused from age 7 to 20. No one in my life knows except doctors/counsellors/helplines or the occasional Samaritan. I carry on every day like I'm absolutely fine. No one would ever know.   It's almost like having two lives which makes me very sad. I was...

I’m Anita and I wanted to support The Maggie Oliver Foundation as soon as I learned about it, after watching the BBC mini-series Three Girls and recognising so many of the early scenes it portrayed.

I was born and bred in Bolton, and my first job, part-time whilst at high school was in play care. Here I met, for the first time, several children really struggling, without anyone to fight their corner. This made me feel very lucky, but also that no matter what my ‘day job’ would be, I had to keep trying to help young people who can’t help themselves.

Throughout my English degree at University I continued to work part-time with children, and through my career whilst working full time in project and business management I’ve always volunteered to help young people, mentoring with charities such as Career Ready and Bolton Lads & Girls Club.

My full-time job is in a large IT consultancy, so I’m either commuting to London to see clients, or sat behind a laptop. Perhaps because of the nature of my job, in my spare time I love to be outdoors, and recently moved to the Ribble Valley to be closer to the fells. I’m happiest when stomping up a mountain, and the feeling of fresh air and freedom is something I really crave.

What makes me really passionate about Maggie’s foundation is that it is focused on helping survivors, but also on exposing and putting an end to abuse in the first place. There is the compassion and support for victims, but also relentless persistence in exposing agency failures and holding authorities to account.

I’m here to help raise awareness and funds and do anything I can to help Maggie and the team in this mission.

Follow me on Twitter @MissAnitaB

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