27 July 2015
Though it may not seem like it at the time, there is life after sexual exploitation. With a bit of help and support, many people who are affected by sexual exploitation go on to live happy, fulfilled and successful lives. And though few can forget the trauma they’ve experienced, they can learn to live with it and overcome the emotional scars it leaves behind.
If you’ve been affected by sexual exploitation, knowing that you can get your life back will help to give you the strength you need to escape the situation you’re in and build a brighter future.
Escaping sexual exploitation
The first step in regaining control of your life is escaping the situation you’re currently in. Whether it’s your partner, a controlling group of friends or the area you live in that’s the root of the problem, you’ll need to find a way to leave your old life behind and start again.
If there’s someone in your life that you trust, like a parent, teacher or friend, going to them for help and support can make a big difference. Knowing that there is someone supporting you and your efforts to build a better life will help to give you the confidence and motivation you need to succeed.
Rebuilding your life
Rebuilding your life after sexual exploitation can take time, especially if you’ve been in the situation for a while.
Though your new life won’t fall into place overnight, by putting time, energy and positivity into your future, little by little you’ll see improvements in yourself and your situation.
If you need a bit of inspiration, take a look at celebrities like Samantha Morton. After overcoming childhood sexual exploitation, she went on to become an award-winning actress, staring in major TV shows and films.
Help and support
Asking for help is one of the first, and most important, steps in rebuilding your life. Whether you go to a trusted friend or you approach Doorway Women’s Services, you’ll stand a much better chance of success if you have a bit of extra support in your corner.
From giving you advice on housing to helping you get the counselling, training and qualifications you need to find work and cope with daily life, we can help you to help yourself live a full and happy life after sexual exploitation.
To find out more, call our confidential, Freephone helpline on 0808 800 1030 and talk to one of the friendly members of the Doorway team today.