Hello, here's an important message first: IF you HAVE BEEN struggling, are RIGHT NOW or may in the FUTURE, or know someone like that, then PLEASE take a look at this page with information about HELPLINES and words from someone who HAS used one.
Please be in a safe place and safe state of mind when viewing this website.
Last updated June 2014
Please reach out to that someone TODAY.
But whatever happens, keep trying.
There are other numbers and other people.
It will take as long as it takes, to get the right help.
BUT YOU'RE WORTH IT.
Please take a look to the the right,
or on the links page for details of some who are here.
Its June 2014, I'm still here :) This website has been going for over five years now. And although I am doing other stuff at the moment, the site will be kept up and running as usual. I've done some updating, and there are some more bits to come. I'm having a bit of a clear out and clear up. Making it easier to just quickly browse (for some) and the more in depth is still here, for those interested.
Its just one word. It may seem a small one. But its why many are still here. Grasp it when ever you can. Cling to it. Do what you have to. And even when there seems no hope... hang on in there, so you're here when it returns.
An introduction to the site:
My names John Harrison and this site has been going for over 5 years now. Originally failings in the system that I encountered led me to speak out, and have to speak publicly. The core content of the website is around child abuse / mental health. There has always been a combination of things, that I wanted the website to do. I wanted others to be aware of the rest of us with the same issues, to at least let them know that they are not alone in what they go through or have gone through. I wanted the website to expose some of the wrongdoings which it did.
There is no content on this site, nor ever has there been, that is in any way inappropriate. BUT, some people are more vulnerable than others. And that's why there are links in the right sidebar on this website, to show some organisations that may be able to help. OR, show that for every issue, there may well be a helpline, charity or organisation out there for you. They don't always work for everybody, this I know. All links to them here, are not put there for the organisations or charities, they are ONLY put there by me, in the hope that they MAY help someone. IF they don't, please hang on in there.
IF you are someone who wants to learn more about the failings in the system I encountered, and about the campaigning I did, then click 'FAILED by the System' to start to find out more. IF not, have a general look around. Recent changes I have and will make, will help people more easily make a choice as to what they want to look at.
B safe 1st always... that IS the message.
'Raising awareness of child abuse and its consequences in later life'
Here's a little guide to what to expect on each page of this website:
'HELPLINES' I know it explains itself, but its a very important page to mention. This page shows why helplines are so needed. PLEASE share them online, you never know who may see it, and need it.
'Books' a selection of just a few books on child abuse mainly by survivors themselves.
'Guest Poems' has four poems by other survivors that I was proud to have been allowed to share and make a video for.
'Child Abuse Monument' the monument is in Canada, it gives more info about it.
'Raising Awareness' talks and shows some videos about raising awareness of child abuse and its consequences in later life.
'FAILED by the system' this page links to several very detailed pages on the failings in the system I endured, including within and by healthcare professionals. It also links to several detailed pages on the campaign and raising awareness that I then did, about these failings. I started Writing to MP's, PM, the Queen and more. I have recently separated all these relating pages, so they can be accessed by this one page. It helps to keep it away from you, IF you're in a vulnerable place, and you can avoid all this if you need to. All the pages this one links to, are VERY IMPORTANT to me. And where a very big part of me speaking out.