It could be your daughter...

Why should you report?

It isn’t realistic to expect that victims will report themselves.

Merel van Groningen, Loverboy victim and author of Plotseling ben je van hem.

It is important that people report when they witness abuse, whether they are caregivers or other witnesses. It is not realistic to expect that victims will report themselves if they are a victim of duress or exploitation. Fear is the main reason and to a lesser extent, denial.
If a victim confides in a counsellor, it means that he or she needs urgent help. If nothing is reported at that moment, I see it as a breach of trust. So, if you see or hear of abuse: report it. There are no reasons for you not to do it.

My mentor became suspicious when I was away for a whole night...

Story from a victim

When I moved to a hostel, I sometimes talked about my ‘lover’ with my mentor. No one knew anything about it at home. I was completely in love, but I was getting into more and more trouble. Because my boyfriend had debts, I helped him with selling drugs and became addicted. We stopped our phone subscriptions and sold the iPhones, but we needed more money.
We advertised for a sex date on Tinder for a joke. I was really ashamed when he put a naked photo of me on the website. I had the first dates with men via the webcam. After that, I had to sleep with a friend of his. Before I knew it, my boyfriend was bringing all sorts of clients to me.
MMy mentor became suspicious when I was away for a whole night. She made a report and urged me to do the same. It took a long time before I realised that I was the victim of a loverboy and was able to see my boyfriend through different eyes."

What do you report?

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