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young"I was struggling in so many areas of my life," recalls Ellie, 18, who lived in a foster placement for three years from the age of 14. "I'd go out, get drunk, get arrested. I met this guy from youth offending, and at first he was a really nice boy. But then things started to change. I'd hold his drugs, his money, his gun. It got really abusive, mostly mental. He used to say some pretty horrible things. And even now I have some confidence issues. It was pretty damaging." Ellie's foster mother discovered Ellie was in a sexual relationship when she found a used pregnancy test. Ellie says she was then made to go for tests to see if she'd contracted any sexually transmitted infections. "That's when I found out I had chlamydia," she says. "This was the boy who I thought was the love of my life. It was the love I should have got from my parents."

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