A life lived in fear: Drug addict at age 6, alcoholic at 7


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.

The flashbacks are what sends Jack into a spiral. His first alleged rape happened as a five-year-old. He injected heroin at the age of six after watching it being done by people around him.

‘I was a drug addict at the age of six, alcoholic at the age of 7.’

Jack was jailed after torturing an alleged child abuser and was deported home to New Zealand. He has started his journey to healing but says at the moment ‘he is just hanging in there.’

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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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