My life was like everyone else, or so I thought. I will never forget the pain I felt on reading the report in the paper. But like all mothers, I was the last to know. I will never forget going to the prison for the first visit. It was the hardest thing I ever did but looking around I realised I was not alone. There are many parents in my position. I have come a long way since this happened to me. I feel like a stronger person. I realise it is not my fault. I can only look after myself. I would ask anyone who reads about a neighbour or a friends trouble in the paper – approach them, support them. They need to talk, not be talked about.

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