Organisations such as Arch North East exist to help victims of abuse and historic abuse.
The organisation says victims often keep what's happened bottled inside for decades and are frightened to tell their families.
But by contacting support groups may are able to get their lives back on track.
Arch North East Chief Executive Dilys Davy says it's important that people realise help is out there.
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