Rachel's Story

Story thirteen – Rachel, Mum

“As a mother it’s just excruciatingly painful to watch your child being beaten and to hear them scream. You run to save them and you just, you just can’t run fast enough, no matter how quick you move, no matter how fast you try and get there, you try to keep them in your sight all the time and it’s exhausting. People will ask ‘why didn’t you leave, why didn’t you just go?’… but it is just so difficult.

I guess the clincher for me was my son saying ‘you’re not listening, you’re not listening Mum, you’re not listening’. And I’d say ‘yes I know, I’m scared too’.

They’re concerned about their favourite toys they’ve left behind because you’ve got to go NOW – you only have a tiny window of opportunity to leave and even though you can try to prepare a few things at home, it’s a matter of just going.

To maintain a routine is so important for them: jarmy time, clean teeth, wash face, read a book, go to bed with a toy to cuddle.

I’m eternally grateful for these people who, even though they didn’t quite understand what I was going through, they could see how distressed the kids were – and for them to receive a Buddy Bag with things that they can call their own was just so valuable.”

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