Amera Tabet hid the abuse she suffered as a young child for a decade. Now the Gold Coast singer is using her music to raise awareness, and send the message to others that there is life after abuse.
"It wasn't until I was in my early twenties that I began to come to terms with what had happened to me," Amera said.
"My route to recovery began the day that I reached out and sought help from a free youth counselling service called Headspace."
"The song for me started as a poem, and when I started turning it into a song I knew I wanted it to be much more, a beacon for others to recognise that there is always hope."
Amera has collaborated with other industry professionals she describes as "beautiful creative minds" to release her song, Dissolution, with a powerful YouTube music video depicting stories of those who are suffering, and inspiring hope that there is help available by connecting with support systems and rehabilitation services.
"It is very common for people suffering from abuse early in life to keep it a secret sometimes much later into their adult years," Amera said.
"I want to make a difference in people's lives by coming forward with my own story, and with this project I wanted it to translate in a way that is less confronting in nature and more artistic."
"I want people to know that it is OK to speak out and to feel safe enough to do so. From my own personal experience I know that there is a life after abuse and I want to share that with other people. To make them feel that they are not alone and that speaking out about their abuse is the first step to moving on from it."
Remember, if you need help you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or DVConnect on 1800 811 811.