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Dear Jane

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This is Jane’s story about her experience of what she believed as a teenager to be a loving relationship in an Auckland church community during the 1990s. It was a sexual relationship with a man who was not only ten years her senior, but also her youth group leader. Now, 30 years on and with help from award-winning author and podcast producer Noelle McCarthy, Jane is trying to connect the dots between her stolen youth and the guilt, shame and trauma she’s carried since. For Jane, this journey is about finding answers and ultimately a sense of peace. To do that, she sets out to come face to face with her abuser and take her power back. Dear Jane was made with the support of NZ On Air Resources: If this series brings up any issues for you there is help available 24-7: Helpline - free call or text 1737 Youthline - phone 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email Suicide Crisis Helpline - phone 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)


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Latest Episodes

Dan has agreed to meet with Jane. But before that happens, Noelle wants Jane to talk to a lawyer about restitution options for survivors of historic sexual abuse in church settings in Aotearoa. Noelle and Jane also reach out to the church to see what... more

5 months ago

Noelle and Jane take a trip to Christchurch to meet with Catherine, a clinical psychologist who has experience working with survivors of sexual abuse. On arrival, Jane is suddenly struck ill and Noelle is worried about the toll this project might be ... more

5 months ago

Jane’s mum and sister knew that Dan and Jane dated in the 90s, but they only learnt the relationship was sexual in recent years. In this episode we talk to Jane’s family about what they remember of Dan and Jane’s connection and the shock they felt wh... more

5 months ago


4.8 out of 5 stars from 124 ratings
  • Well written and reflected well the attitudes of the time

    Thank you for talking about this issue it is very true how an ever like this can change your life. It effects the very makeup of who your are.

    Apple Podcasts
    New Zealand5 months ago
  • Nearly identical to my experience

    Thank you so much for this podcast. I had nearly the identical experience to this and was so similar to Jane in many ways. I still am, now I’m my 40s trying to make sense of this. Thank you for sharing this to support me to unravel this a bit more now that I’m closer to ready to deal with the implications of this for how my life and relationships unfolded. Thank you, Jane and Noelle.

    Apple Podcasts
    Australia5 months ago
  • Fantastic

    Such a great podcast. Not sensationalised even though the subject matter could be. Beautifully handled by Noelle. Thank you Jane for telling your story.

    Apple Podcasts
    New Zealand5 months ago
  • So important

    Speak, even if your voice shakes. Such an important story. Thank you Jane, for your bravery in speaking your truth.

    Apple Podcasts
    New Zealand5 months ago
  • Congratulations on taking back your power Jane!

    I don’t write reviews, but I had to say thank you for sharing your incredible story of resilience and recovery. I hope you know you are the absolute opposite of someone who should feel “shame”- you are a strong and powerful woman who is now a protective and empathic mother to your very lucky kids. more

    Apple Podcasts
    Australia5 months ago

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