A Nottingham lorry driver is raising money to help victims giving evidence to the London-based child sex abuse inquiry.
Nigel O’Mara, a victim of abuse himself, wants to help victims with emotional and financial backing.
“The support they need will vary, from help with travel expenses or organising safe accommodation whilst giving evidence. They will be tired, drained and vulnerable, and so we want to provide that support.”
“Exploring repressed and distressing memories can seriously limit a victim’s ability to live and function in normal society.” – Jason Greene, mental health nurse
According to Nottingham psychosis nurse Jason Greene, “These periods of vulnerability are key in maintaining a good mental state.” His team deal with many people who develop mental health issues in later life due to abuse they experienced as a child.
Mr Greene stresses that while inquiries like the Government’s are important, these situations can easily lead to deterioration and relapses if not supported properly.
“Exploring repressed and distressing memories can seriously limit a victim’s ability to live and function in normal society.”
Yet he went on to say that while there are risks, properly supported discussion can be useful. While having its own challenges, meeting with other survivors can be greatly beneficial in recovery.
After two people have resigned from the chair, Home Secretary Teressa May is still searching for someone to lead the inquiry, which Mr O’Mara believes is long overdue.
“[Bassetlaw MP] John Mann told me that there wasn’t one children’s home in Nottingham that wont be affected by this. So I know that there are people that will need our help to get to the inquiry.”