In His Own Words - Male Survivors Speak Out
Age when first abused: 12
"The wounds, the scars and the trauma are not visible to the human eye but are life-changing, and everlasting, life-molding and are something we are forced to deal with every day of our lives. We did not ask for this to happen to us, and we didn't wait in line. We long and would love to be the person we dreamed we could have become for ourselves, our families and the world.
"We ask for your understanding of what we went through, as it has molded us to what we may have become. We have to deal with the repercussions of low self-esteem, we are vulnerable, we are wounded and we may be slow to trust.
"But, at the same time, there are hundreds of men in the audience that represent thousands of men across borders that want to love, we want to be loved, we want to be understood and we want to belong. We may not be the quickest to trust, but if and when we are embraced, we can be the strongest of friends and some of the most caring individuals you will find on earth."