During this time I attended the programme because I sexually offended two young children. At that time of my life I suffered from depression and contemplated suicide. My whole life had been shattered and I felt there was no hope left. I felt I lost my identity, my self-respect, my confidence and my career.\n\n
Through my treatment at SAFE I was able to fully understand my cycle of offending and why I offended at that time of my life. I was able to also develop a very deep level of empathy for my victims. This enabled me to understand the effects of my abuse, as I term it the "Tsunami Effect."\n\n
SAFE offered me a mechanism to reflect at a deep and intensive level, on my offending behaviour through analysing my disclosure and autobiography. This was followed by exploring my offending pathways and developing a good life plan. Throughout my treatment I was able to develop an on-going safety plan.\n\n
The support and at times, real challenge to me by my two therapists and the group helped me accept and be aware of myself as not a bad person, but rather a person who made bad choices. However this in no way excuses my abhorrent abuse.\n\n
In summary, the on-going treatment I have been fortunate to receive through SAFE enabled me to reintegrate into society with the total confidence that I will never offend again and that I am now able to look forward to a better future.