TOM’S STORY

“I met him on Grindr and we arranged to meet up. I had put myself out there as being 17 (Tom was 15 at the time) and he told me he was 28 but was actually much older. We would meet quite a lot. He would buy me gifts. When he thought I was seeing other men he told me that he knew people I should be scared of.

I couldn’t really talk about what had happened to me at first (with his Support Worker), but she never pushed me. I was scared and I was holding back. Then there was one day when everything came out. We talked about relationships and what a healthy relationship is. I felt like I could open up to her, she’s been like my walking stick.”