When I was pregnant, I didn’t know how to handle my body and it was hard.
When I found out I was in labour, I had to stay at home.
I had never been pregnant before.
I had never felt the pain of childbirth, but now that I’m a mother, it has taken a toll.
It’s been a really difficult time, I think, for me.
I’m having a really hard time coping.
When I was 12, I found myself in a taxi in Melbourne, a city I grew up in.
The driver was drunk and I felt completely out of control.
He drove me home and made me feel completely outta control.
I ended up going back to a friend’s house, where he raped me.
At that point, I really didn’t want to be in the same situation again.
I was so ashamed and embarrassed that I had gone back to that cab and that it would be me in that situation again, so I thought, I don’t want that to happen again.
I thought I’d better get out of there.
I decided to go to a women’s shelter.
I was a single mother and I was just looking for something to give me some peace.
I met the people at the shelter, who I met over and over again and started to feel like I was accepted.
It helped me get my confidence back and I had a new outlook on life.