A Hailsham woman who was sexually abused as a child is raising money for the NSPCC to try to help protect other children from the same fate.
Dawn Phillips waived her right to anonymity to release a book about her harrowing experiences, entitled Shadows of the Promise, earlier this year.
Now, Dawn is on a mission to raise funds for the NSPCC by chopping off her locks, and donating the hair to The Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children with cancer.
On her Just Giving page, Dawn says: “A lot of you already know my story through reading my book; Shadows of the Promise. Or, we’ve shared our stories as friends do.
“All I want is for children to feel safe.
“I know what it feels like to not wish for presents, but to just wish to be safe. Once we reach £500, my long hair will be gone.”
Dawn saw her attacker jailed more than 20 years ago.
“Unfortunately, his arrest and the trial was many years after the abuse had begun and subsequently ended. The damage was already done.
“So much more needs to be done to prevent this sort of thing happening to more and more children.”
Dawn’s fundraising page can be found at www.justgiving.com/dawnphillips5.
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