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Jessie’s story

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fund-stories-jessieJessie fled her violent home with only the clothes she wore.

Sixteen year old Jessie came to Anglicare, after escaping an abusive home with an alcoholic father and both parents violent towards each other and to Jessie. Tragically, from the age of eight, Jessie was also subjected to regular sexual abuse by a relative.

Jessie continued her schooling through all this, fitting in studying, household chores and caring for younger siblings. When the violence, abuse and burden of responsibilities became too much, Jessie hit crisis point and attempted suicide.

Like many other young people, Jessie came to Anglicare with absolutely nothing. Since Jessie left home, her parents have tried to find her and bring her back so she can continue to care for the other children. But thanks to Anglicare Jessie was provided with safe crisis accommodation, and assistance with clothing, school needs, transport costs, applications for Centrelink, and medical care.

Jessie is very happy where she is now and says, "Thank you to everyone who helped me escape a situation that was both depressing and unlivable. I am glad to have met the Anglicare staff, and will be for ever thankful."