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Good morning! Today is the 20th of April and it has been quite an experience going through this A to Z Challenge with y’all. For those of you new to my series, I am focusing on child abuse and sexual assault during the month of April to bring awareness, provide support and a reminder lest we should ever forget. I hope you are enjoying this experience as much as me.

For today, Q stands for Quotes. Specifically, quotes from men who were sexually assaulted and abused. Too often the focus is on the male perpetrators and yet as I mention in my D for Date Rape post, men are also victims/survivors. So here’s hoping I can give them a voice by repeating some quotes and remind my male readers that you are not alone. Even though many male assaults go unreported, there are others out there. You are not alone.

Tim Roth:

“It happened during my childhood up to my early teens and although I’m
not going to say who it was, he’s long gone now – and I hasten to add it
wasn’t my father or mother. Things happen to you in your life, but you
don’t want to consider yourself to be a victim – you want to be a
survivor and the first thing that helps you do that and helps you get
through it is speaking and finding your voice. I’d been wanting to
direct a film for years and told my agent to start looking for a script.
The first one that came through the door was the one for The War Zone. If you are a survivor of abuse and you get the opportunity to tell a story about that subject, then you can really get in there and tell the truth. It was a fantastic chance for me to exorcise a lot of demons. I’m very proud of the film and proud of the fact that it’s even been used as a teaching tool.” – Daily Mail

Tyler Perry:

“My mother was truly my saving grace, because she would take me to
church with her. I would see my mother smiling in the choir, and I
wanted to know this God that made her so happy. If I had not had that
faith in my life, I don’t know where I would be right now.
” – Oprah

Ozzy Osbourne:

“If you have a traumatic experience when you are young it does f*** you up,” – Daily Mail

I hope today’s post has been insightful and encouraging for our male readers and friends who might feel alone. xx