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May Baxter-Thornton

I am a support worker living in Aberdare.

I was sexually abused as a child in the late seventies and early eighties. I never saw a social worker and my teachers didn’t notice what was going on. Back in those days people just didn’t report child sexual abuse. Through this Inquiry I want to stop children from slipping through the net.

Now, I do what I can to stop perpetrators and support victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.

When I was 18, I moved from my home town of Aberdare to Sunderland to study photography, video and digital imaging. Since graduating, I started working for Wearside Women in Need in women's refuges with women, children and teenagers fleeing abuse.

I’ve also worked for organisations including the British Red Cross and Sure Start on initiatives including refugee awareness and the importance of keeping teenage fathers in touch with their children.

I moved back to Wales in 2015 where I’ve been focusing on helping sex workers and women vulnerable to exploitation.

Taking on a role as part of the Victims and Survivors Consultative Panel will give me the chance to use both my experience of child sexual abuse and my professional expertise. Due to professional boundaries, there aren’t many jobs that allow you to blend the two and stand up for victims and survivors.

I will work tirelessly to ensure victims and survivors of child sexual abuse, who have been let down by the system, will be heard by the Inquiry.

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