Below is just some of the thank you notes received by Counsellors at Nexus NI from young people who have been through counselling sessions following sexual violence or abuse.
One parent writes:
"Just wanted to write you a quick note to thank you for all your help over the last 18 weeks with . The difference in her is unbelievable and its all down to you and your hard work. I can't thank you enough for givig me my bubbly outgoing baby back. Thank you again."
Another note received said:
"Just a wee note to say thank you for all your help over the previous months. I am in a different place now to where i was and although i still have a long way to go, for the first time I can see light at the end. I cannot thank you enough but I hope this is a start."
A thank you card received by a counsellor noted:
", I cant even begin to thank you for everything you have done for me. I now feel I have the tools to start living a happy and peaceful life...a life I was never near lucky enough to receive. I will have my bad days but with all the grandad excuses you tought me, those bad days will be more bearable. Before I came to you I no longer wanted to live on this earth having to carry the load of hurt and pain. But now thanks to you I want to be here, I want to live and I want to be happy."
A letter written to one Nexus Counsellor said:
"I don't know how to put into words houw thankful and grateful I am for everything you have done for me. You're a true inspiration and credit to yourself and Nexus. I honestly don't know how I would have coped without your help and I wouldn't have had that if it wasnt for Nexus. I came to you and couldn't see anything but darkness. Now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I know I still have a journey ahead of me but now I have a bright future which I couldnt see before.
A few months ago I wouldn't leave the house, now I'm getting on a bus by myself and when I feel panic and terror come over me, I can do my breathing techniques rather than just staying indoors isolating myself. You have truely changed my life around. I wanted to die, now I want to live and not let the abuser win. He stole my childhood and part of my adulthood but he has no control over me anymore. I have my own life back and no one is control of it apart from me"
Unfortunately counselling under the Together For You project through Nexus is no longer available however the organisation still offers advice and services for victims and survivors of sexual violence. For further information on Nexus NI click here.
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