A 50 year secret: ‘He ripped all my innocence away’


WARNING: This video series has graphic descriptions of rape, sexual violation, substance abuse and discusses suicide and self-harm. It is recommended for adult audiences only.

John was a young teenager excited he could bike into town on a Friday evening on his own. But while he was at the bank, a ‘friendly and well-spoken’ man asked him for directions. By the end of the evening, John’s innocence was ‘ripped away’.

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One in six boys will be sexually abused before they are 18.  In this video series, 10 men have told their stories to Challenge the Silence on the issue. All grew up believing they were the only ones it had happened to. Now, they want other victims to know they are not alone and, if they are ready, help is there for them.

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