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Mathew Blake (Pseudonym)

Warning: this section contains graphic descriptions of childhood emotional and sexual abuse; adulthood sexual aggression through verbal and emotional coercion, blackmail through threats of suicide, and sexual assault through the use of physical force; unidirectional and reciprocal abuse; depression; suicide attempts; prostitution; and language barriers between a patient and a psychiatrist and between a victim of intrusion and the local police contributing to a sexual assault.

The following text narrates the experiences of Matthew Blake (pseudonym) who kindly and anonymously shared them with us, some of which reveal how the language barrier can limit access to mental-health services and sometimes determine whether a person will sexually assault another or not.

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