With one in four adults having been abused or maltreated as a child, Chris Tuck is trying to bring awareness of child abuse and the fact that it's happening behind closed doors in her powerful, new book, 'Through the eyes of a child'.
As a child, Chris and her siblings could have wound up being just another statistic of child abuse.
For them, it wasn't just one or a few isolated incidents, but a tidal wave of neglect, bullying, starvation and survival.
Recent statistics show that nine out of 10 children who have been abused were abused by someone they knew, and this was the case for Chris and her siblings, who were abused by their parents and step-parents.
Chris says: "Child abuse never leaves you. You're not supposed to be beaten, touched or starved when you're a child.
Mummies and daddies are supposed to love you, not leave you, beat you, or molest your little sister." For many victims of child abuse, they never get over that experience and it will completely change the course of their live.
Chris was determined that would never happen to her, and wants to give strength to others who have had the same experience by sharing her story. She says: "No matter what has happened in the past, it doesn't need to dictate your future."