All she wanted for Christmas....
was to make it
Charlotte* was just six years old when her family came to our attention.
She had become increasingly anxious and withdrawn at school and started soiling herself. Noticing these worrying signs, her teachers contacted Family and Community Services in concern for her welfare. It wasn’t until Charlotte and her mother were referred to Barnardos for counselling that the awful truth began to emerge.
Charlotte’s mother had an intellectual disability and was often under the influence of drugs and alcohol. She would leave Charlotte alone in a home that was never safe for a young girl.
When Charlotte turned six, her estranged father, began taking an interest. Charlotte initially enjoyed the new contact with her dad, telling mum she especially loved playing ‘the princess dress-up game’. But things quickly took a very dark turn.
In the months that followed Charlotte was subjected to horrific sexual abuse by her father as well as random men who would frequent the home day and night. Her mother, affected by her own problems, was unable to keep her safe.
The ongoing abuse Charlotte suffered shocked even the most experienced counsellors and medical professionals.
She had been exploited over and over again by these evil predators for their own sick purposes and commercial gain. Ultimately her father and his associates were jailed after being charged with child sexual assault and producing child pornography for a paedophile ring.
Barnardos placed Charlotte with an experienced foster care family and she began her long road to healing.
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