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Peter Saunders FRSA

I was born and brought up in Wimbledon, south west London. Owing largely to the difficulties I experienced in childhood I left school with very few academic qualifications. I later returned to full time education, obtaining a degree and Postgraduate Certificate in Education and subsequently taught in colleges for the next 12 years.

It was not until mid life that I felt able to reveal the cause of my ongoing battles with depression and low self esteem. I realised very quickly I was not alone and there were many others who had also suffered sexual abuse in childhood. I also discovered there was nowhere for people like me - no national organisation to support adult survivors of childhood abuse. No ­one to listen and be non-judgemental, no­ one to provide understanding. So I set up the charity NAPAC, the National Association for People Abused in Childhood which has now been running successfully for 20 years. Survivors are now being listened to and the scale of abuse is being uncovered - the credit for this rests with the incredible and brave survivors who are coming forward. NAPAC gave a voice to people who previously did not have one. I recently stepped down as CEO to pass the baton to someone who will lead the charity forward with the energy and vision needed. I remain the founder and spokesperson.

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