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...

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“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...

My name is Charlene, but I much prefer ‘Chaz’

I am going to be hitting a big birthday next year…..but I’m not saying which 😂

I am a full time foster carer for 4 amazing children, and have been in that role for 10 half years now.
I now foster for my local council, I originally started my role with Barnardo’s

My work background is mainly admin and accounts payable, where I needed to be able to prioritise my workload

I’ve worked for companies such as Cusson International, Turning point, Co-op, Marks and Spencers and I have also worked briefly at Granada Studios.

I’ve never realy had a high flying role, within my work, the furthest I made was Team Leader of 15 people, I never really wanted to be a boss.

I am very much a people person, and I am extremely sociable…however due to my fostering role, socialising is very much a thing of the past…adult wise anyway.

I grew up within a ‘unusual family’, which impacted me greatly. But also taught me many things, which I can bring to my role as an Ambassador at the foundation.

I am compassionate, understanding, non-judgemental and a good listener. I’m great at giving advice to others, but struggle to follow my own advice.

I fight for the underdog, the people with no voices but most importantly I fight for justice.

If I don’t understand a subject and understand how best to deal with it or help with it , I will do my own research in my own time, and at my own expense, until I do.

If I had to say what my weaknesses were…..I would say, my passion and emotion can be seen as aggression. I also expect people to work as hard as I do…but know that isn’t always the case, which can lead to disappointment

I used to be an avid Manchester United fan, where I went to every home and away game during 1985-1994, but the club just outpriced me, so YES, I am now an armchair supporter….no more freezing nights on there terraces. I would much prefer now to attend live concerts…in particular Take That and Liam Gallagher….yes really….Oh did I mention I was born and bred in Manchester

My path crossed with Maggie back in 2002. Unbeknown to me, it would cross again.

I am here to help survivors of CSE turn pain into power.

I am here because I believe in Maggie Oliver and I am here to help build The Maggie Olive Foundation and to help as many survivors as we can reach.

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