Hannah is a 10-year-old girl that lives at home with her mom and her mom’s new partner. Hannah was usually a confident and outgoing child who enjoyed engaging with her peers. As time progressed Hannah had begun to withdraw from her friends and also family members and did not want to do activities that she usually enjoyed. Hannah’s mom had a best friend who would regularly visit the home and would also look after Hannah when mom needed some personal space had to attend appointments.
Mom and I always had a close relationship since my dad died when I was a baby, we did everything together, but I felt bad for her because I think she missed my dad a lot. One day mom told me that she had met a new friend and introduced him to me at our home. I was unsure at first as I had never known mom to have a boyfriend, but he was nice and would buy things for me and mom all the time. He then started to stay at our house more and more which I didn’t mind as mom seemed happy. One day I was asleep in bed when I felt something under my covers, I immediately froze when I realised it was mom’s new boyfriend. He didn’t say anything, but I could feel him moving his arms around and after a while he left. The next morning it was like nothing had happened and mom seemed so happy, so I just went to school. He came to my room every night from then on and it got worse and worse. One day whilst I was with my mom’s best friend she asked me how I felt about mom’s boyfriend and I just started to shake. She held me until I calmed and then asked me what was happening.