Mr Brett Lacey, centre, hands keys of a building to Vikki Hamilton and chair of Heartfelt House, Larry Rawstorne.
Mr Brett Lacey, centre, hands keys of a building to Vikki Hamilton and chair of Heartfelt House, Larry Rawstorne.

Help for abused



FOR YEARS, Vikki Hamilton felt like she was living in a 'fog' ? she was on the run, and falling into a life of crime on the way.

Vikki is a survivor of sexual abuse.

Now 33, it wasn't until she was 29 that she could speak about the abuse she suffered from 'as young as she can remember' to when she was aged seven.

"I was running away from it," the Alstonville woman said.

Vikki moved to Sydney at the age of 21 where she 'created a new life', telling people she was from an affluent family.

That meant she began stealing to live out her fake life. She was charged with larceny as a servant in 1995.

When she first told someone about her real past, Vikki felt 'empowered'.

"It's almost like being reborn," she said.

Vikki has now founded Heartfelt House, a charity set up to provide support to those who have suffered from sexual abuse as a child, as well as their families and friends, with counselling services, workshops and therapy programs.

Last Friday, general manager of Summerland House With No Steps, Brett Lacey, handed over the keys to a building to Heartfelt House. Apex will help renovate the building, and services are expected to be operating up by next year. The charity now needs money. Donations can be sent to PO Box 904 Alstonville or by phoning 6628 7422.


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