We have been in contact with footballer Steve Walters, who made a disclosure about the abuse he suffered as a child. Steve wanted us to share the following statement:
‘The footballer Steve Walters wants to let children and young people who are suffering, or who have suffered sexual abuse as he did, know that if they tell a safe adult what is happening to them things can start to feel better soon.
Tell a safe adult or phone Child line on 0800 1111 so that you can be made safe.
Steve carried his big problem around for a long time, but feels so much better now that he has told, and has had a lots of support from many people.
People will listen to you too, and support you.
Thank you, Steve, for your words of support and encouragement to all children and young people who may read this.