Taking a stand to help abuse victims

Leanne Mape (centre) with She Matters co-ordinator Carol Davie and mayor Gail McDade
Leanne Mape (centre) with She Matters co-ordinator Carol Davie and mayor Gail McDade

A victim of sexual and physical abuse has bravely spoken out about her ordeal and her plan to use her experiences to help others.

Leanne Mape told the Evening Telegraph she has been the victim of abuse.

She has waived her right to anonymity to publicise a new self-help group she has set up called We Stand Together for women who have suffered any form of sexual, physical or emotional abuse.

It will run at the She Matters group from 11.30am to 12.30pm on Tuesdays from April 10, at the Trades and Labour Club, in Stuart Road.

Miss Mape, 27, of Corby, has waived her right to anonymity to talk about the group.

She has support from Corby MP Louise Mensch and town mayor Gail McGade.

She said: “I believe by everyone standing together we can fight back.

We are not going to suffer because we will gain strength and confidence. I find a lot of people just say to you ‘try and move on’.

“You can’t move on – but you need to learn to deal with it and enjoy your life the best you can. It is your body – you can never forget it.

“I just want to show people they are not suffering on their own. If I have managed to turn my life around then other people can too.”

She Matters co-ordinator Carol Davey said: “Leanne is very strong and brave and she will bring a lot to the group.”

Mrs Mensch said: “I hope it will be able to offer comfort to women who just want a place to go and talk about it.”

Cllr McDade said: “I applaud Leanne and the work she has done, and I will support her in any way I can.”

For details call 07968 016564.