If you have been sexually assaulted please contact your nearest Centre Against Sexual Assault. In Victoria, phone 1800 806 292. In the rest of Australia phone 1800 RESPECT

Hamish’s story

Story from Lean on me by Tor Roxburg and the Lean on me sexual assault support group

My name is Hamish and this is my life story. To begin with, I come from a broken family- my parents were divorced when I was five years old. I went to live with my mother until I was eight, then there was a custody battle which my father won.

It was only a year before the abuse started to happen. At first I didn’t know that was going on, then my father told me it was meant to happen and so I started thinking all fathers must do this to their children. This went on until I as twelve when I saw a leaflet on incest and began thinking about what my father was doing to me. It went on for another year. I started taking drugs to block everything out, and go addicted. After a year, I went to the police and told them about my father. They called me a bullshit artist and told me to fuck off. I never told anyone else until I left home and started going to Shepparton South Technical School where I met Bronwyn Derrick. After that, I went to Lean On Me to try to understand what had happened, and how to cope with it.

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