This page details John’s reflections on attending court to hear the plea and sentencing of a man who sexually abused John as a child. John has provided this account of attending court, his decision making processes, and responses to what occurred in the hope it assists other men who have been sexually abused. You can also read the first part of his story to learn how he got to this point.

Sexual Abuse Justice!


Court Reflections – Day 1.

Plea Bargaining

It’s so nice to wake up smiling!

Yesterday was almost the day that wasn’t! After arriving at court, most of the morning was spent with the Crown Prosecutor discussing what the Defence wanted taken out of the brief. I was OK, though not happy with what was going on, until a point came up about some wording. The words that they wanted to change were “sexual assault” to “sexual activity.” That implied consent, so I absolutely refused to accept that change at all. A couple of more points were OK, and then we came to a part about the perpetrator laughing and calling me a “poofter” after assaulting me, which they wanted removed. I told the Crown Prosecutor in no uncertain terms that I wanted that to stay in, and that I had had enough of changing the brief.

During lunch, I told my wife and eldest son that I was starting to feel like I was being screwed over, and that I was going to insist that we go to trial, instead of making any further changes to the brief.

Meanwhile, the Crown Prosecutor had talked to the Defence, told them that the removal of the “poofter” statement was a “deal breaker” and that they’d be strongly advised to accept what changes we had allowed, which they accepted.

Reading my victim impact statement

I think that my refusal to accept any more changes to the brief “flicked” the Crown Prosecutor’s “switch” and he really came to life! (to be honest, I was starting to wonder just what he was being paid for!) By this time, it was quite late in the day, but he spoke to the judge and arranged for me to read my Witness Impact Statement to the court. I was led into court and asked if I wanted to make my statement from the prosecution table or the witness box. I chose to make my statement from the witness box, so I could see the perpetrator and the rest of the court.

I had deliberately kept my statement short and VERY to the point. I have seen enough sleepy-looking judges working around the courts, but this judge paid very keen attention to what I was saying. I spoke slowly and very clearly, scanning the court with my eyes, often staring straight at the perpetrator – who closed his eyes and appeared to be shuddering – and at his Defence team. The courtroom was absolutely silent as I spoke. I felt so much weight falling off my shoulders and felt so strong and empowered. After all the years of silence, and all of the struggles after breaking my silence, this truly was “my moment!”

No sentence today

When I was finished, I was stood down by the judge. He and the court staff treated me gently and with respect. The judge then started talking about bail for the perpetrator. It seemed he was going to keep him in custody for a week, as due to all the Defence’s haggling that morning we had run out of time and proceedings had to be held over till next Friday. The perpetrator’s Defence jumped up and mentioned that he has not thus far been held in custody, and has been reporting to the local Police station EVERY DAY since his arrest without once missing a day. (I was NOT aware that he had to report everyday, and I was pleased to hear this!) The Crown Prosecutor had no objection to his bail, so he was allowed to go home.

The perpetrator looked absolutely crushed as he left the courtroom – good!

The prosecutor looked very emotional and so proud of me, the Crown prosecutor seemed ecstatic about my delivery of my statement. That all felt good!

Though this has now spilled over until next Friday for sentencing, most of the “hard work” is done. Both the Prosecution and the Defence have agreed that he should receive a suspended custodial sentence next week. Mind you, it is up to the judge. The feeling is that I made such a huge impression on him that he may impose a harsher penalty.

I am happy, either way.

The benefit of support

The presence of Constable U was sorely missed during the day, but I was really glad that the Prosecutor, J was there, with me. J has been so kind, caring, honest and supportive since becoming involved in this matter. Indeed, she lent her voice to back my protestations to the Crown Prosecutor, regarding the Defence’s desired removals from the brief. J led me into court with firm but kind words of encouragement and support.

After a shaky start, I was very pleased to see the Crown Prosecutor fired up and in full flight, I was reassured and glad that he was on our side! There is NO doubt that he got me fired up, during the morning, which as it turned out, wasn’t completely a bad thing!

A HUGE day!

After getting back home, we had the whole family over for a big dinner. Being surrounded in quiet celebration with those that I love most was a wonderful way to end a HUGE day!

I don’t think that it all has fully sunk in yet, that this struggle for truth, justice and validation, that I started five years ago is actually coming to a favourable ending, for me. It seems to me that a small measure of justice IS possible for a survivor of abuse, but it takes an awful lot of struggle, pain and motivation to create that small measure.

Has it been worth it? ABSOLUTELY!!!!! I feel great!

I am so grateful and overwhelmed for all the support I have received from my family, the police, the prosecutors, the court and my online friends and supporters. Believe me, it ALL helped me get through Friday!

Sentencing hearing, set down for one week later.

Court Reflections – Day 2


At present, I am feeling rather frustrated and confused with the court proceedings, particularly with the Crown Prosecutors input so far (one on each side).

I really want to do this once, cleanly, and get it right the first time. The police and the prosecutor understood that, and made sure that every “t” was crossed and every “i” dotted. I have no issue with either, but I don’t think that the Crown Prosecutors “get” it.

Judge also appears frustrated

It seems to me that the Judge is confused by the lack of information regarding the earlier assaults. That the Defence don’t want him to know about those offences is understandable, but without that knowledge the pattern of the perpetrator’s behaviour is obscured, hence we are now waiting for another two weeks. Time and again, the judge asked the Defence, “Give me something, so I can understand what happened!” Both Crown Prosecutors seemed to be bum-fumbling around, whilst the Defence sat there, like a stunned mullet.

I actually like the Judge, he has listened to me, he is taking this matter very seriously, and I really appreciate that. Quite rightly, he seems to feel that without all the information, he can’t make an appropriate, informed decision on sentencing, so he is taking two weeks to study up on similar cases. If he decides that the perpetrator should be in gaol for his crimes, then that is OK with me.

It messes with your head

I can’t believe that I am saying this, but I am concerned about the perpetrator’s defence (this is REALLY screwing up my head!).

I don’t want him to be given the opportunity to appeal on the grounds that his Defence screwed up.

There is no doubt that the negligence of our parents, particularly our father, bordered on abuse in itself. I cannot understand why the Defence have not made more of this to try and explain his behaviour and actions.

Not that ANYTHING can ever excuse the perpetrator’s vile and disgusting actions!

My resolve and commitment to seeing this all the way through is NOT compromised or weakening! I just feel unsettled with the way the Crown Prosecutors have set the course for these proceedings. As I said previously, I want to do this once, cleanly, and get it right, the first time. At present, with the “Crown” Prosecutors” input, I don’t feel reassured that this is happening, or is it just that I am not familiar with court proceedings?

Still happy, just a little weary

Indeed, today’s court, was rather frustrating…

After arriving at 9.30am we finally took our places in court promptly, at 2pm.

During the 9.30am-2pm interval, neither of us felt like visiting the art gallery or the museum (as was suggested by the Crown Prosecutor), so we sat around the court or the park for most of the time. The perpetrator turned up with his whole family. They also had the Salvo’s and a couple of other supporters with them. My wife and I couldn’t help but feel just a little intimidated, so we found a vacant room. It struck me as grimly funny, that the Salvo’s offer so much support to the “bad guy.”

I am still happy, just a little weary.

Return date set for two weeks time to hear reports and sentencing.

Court Reflections – Day 3: Sentencing

Much appreciated support

I arrived at court at 1.30pm with my wife and eldest son. We were met out front by the Prosecutor, and also the NSW Police Constable who has handled the investigation. Both seemed charged with positive energy and enthusiasm, which was infectious. I was really pleased to have both of them in my corner, today!

We entered the courtroom at 2pm, and without further delay, His Honour, the Judge began his summing up of the case.

Three weeks ago, I had read my Victim Impact Statement from the Witness Stand. Surprisingly, the impact of that moment still seemed to linger in the courtroom, and seemed to set the mood and atmosphere for the proceedings. His Honour referred to my VIS often.


I have nothing but praise for His Honour. His care, concern and determination to make the appropriate and right decisions was very evident. He seemed disturbed, frustrated and troubled by this matter. His manner towards the perpetrator was extremely stern.

There is no doubt that he was taking the matter very, very seriously! As he spoke, he revealed that he felt that the perpetrator was still not telling/was denying the truth.

  • He was NOT remorseful, for his actions.
  • He was NOT rehabilitated.
  • He did NOT understand or appreciate the full extent of the damage he has caused, not only to me, but also to my family.
  • That his actions were a “double-tragedy,” in that he not only negatively affected myself and my family, but also his own family.
  • The perpetrator needed to be put in a place where he could contemplate the effects of his misdeeds, and receive proper counselling/treatment.
  • The psychological report supplied by the Defence was of little use or value, because the reporting psychologist only had what information the perpetrator chose to share (no police or court reports) and therefore could not prepare a proper, informed psychological report.
  • His Honour was rather critical that the perpetrator chose NOT to take the Witness Stand in his own defence.

The perpetrator’s Defence had very little to say.

His Honour then instructed him to stand up (though he already should have been!) and sentenced him to one year in gaol, and after that one year of parole with set conditions.

Response to sentencing

His Honour suggested that I might not think that the perpetrator’s punishment was harsh enough. Actually, it was MORE than I was expecting; I’d had it in my head that the perpetrator would receive a “suspended” sentence, and would never see the inside of a gaol.

The perpetrator looked extremely upset with the Judge’s findings and decisions. Through-out the Judge’s summing up, there were also “flashes” of anger in his face. He belongs to one of the more “way-out” Christian organisations that seem to have little regard or respect for the law, or government, etc.

His Honour then informed the perpetrator that he had half an hour to say “goodbye” to the members of his family that were in attendance at court, before being “shipped out” to gaol. We left them to it.

I do feel sorry for his wife and children, they are more of HIS innocent victims, BUT whilst they are supportive of him, I must consider them as the enemy. I have had to tread on a lot of peoples’ feelings in my quest for justice, validation and peace of mind.

Both Police and Prosecutor were very pleased with the Judge’s conclusions and sentencing, as am I. Apparently, it is extremely hard to obtain a conviction in RECENT sexual assaults, let alone in “historical cases.” In historical cases, the chances of obtaining a conviction are no better than 1 in 3,000!

To some people, the sentence that the perpetrator received would seem inadequate. I think that survivors often attend court with unrealistic expectations of the punishment that perpetrators will receive. From the very first time I spoke to the Police I kept my expectations in check, to avoid any disappointment. I expected nothing, therefore I am very happy with the sentence.

Considering also that he has had to report to Police every day since his arrest, and has had to abide by many other bail conditions.

The impact of bringing this to court

I feel that I have achieved much by going to the Police:

  • I have removed a sex offender from the streets for a year, and beyond that, he is going to have to behave himself and adhere to whatever restrictions/constraints/requirements are placed on him, as decided by the Judge.
  • The perpetrator is now on the Sex Offenders Register.
  • He lost his job when he was arrested. (He used to work with young mothers and their children! Now, he will never work anywhere near children again!)
  • If there are any other victims of this perpetrator, hopefully they will be inspired to break their silence, and speak out.
  • Personally, I feel that I have gained a measure of justice and a lot of validation.
  • Though there may be an appeal, this matter is now part of Australian legal history and precedent. (I hope that this may reflect favourably on other survivors cases.)
  • He is now finding out first-hand, what it is like to be alone, afraid and very vulnerable.

A lighter, brighter, more colourful life

Has it all been worth it? A most definite YES!

So much weight has fallen from my shoulders since the perpetrator’s arrest, in stages.

  • Once we had carried out the “wired” confrontation.
  • On hearing of his arrest.
  • On the perpetrator pleading “Guilty!”
  • After reading my Victim Impact Statement. (That was HUGE!)
  • On him being convicted and sentenced.

At each of these stages, my load seemed lighter, while his has only got heavier and heavier.

I wasn’t kidding in my Witness Impact Statement when I said:

“The perpetrator is now being held accountable for his actions. The guilt and shame that I have carried for so long, is now with its rightful owner.”

For me, life is seemingly brighter, lighter and more colourful. I am feeling unfamiliar positive feelings. The nagging, insistent inner voice that mocked, and tormented me for so very long to “Do something about it!!!!!” is silent.

I am very happy!

John’s Victim Impact Statement

My name is John ______, and I am 50 years of age.

Up to the age of 17 years, I lived and grew up in Greenacre, a suburb of the city of Bankstown.

Back in those days, Greenacre was a great place to grow up, and I should be left with many fond and happy memories, but it is just NOT so. The actions of my brother – Mr ______ – have left a long-lasting negative impact upon my whole life. Prior to the sexual assaults, his behaviour and attitude towards me was reprehensible. When Mr ______ committed the sexual assaults on me, his actions tore away my innocence, my dignity, effectively destroying my childhood and teenage years, and impacted so severely on my adulthood, that at times I have considered ending my own life.

I have been diagnosed with, and am being treated for, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, major depression, suicidal idealization. I suffer panic attacks so severe, that I become physically sick, on one occasion, being held in hospital overnight for observation.

When I first broke my silence, the first people I had to tell were my family, my wife and my 3 adult sons. That I had to cause them such pain still grieves me. Even now when it is necessary to discuss this topic, the pain and sadness within their eyes is so very hard for me to bear.

When my own son’s were growing up, I was strict and hard on them, but not abusive. I was always hyper vigilant for any sign that anything “untoward” was going on between them. I often over-reacted if 2 of my sons “ganged up” and bullied the other one.

To my internal dismay, my wife and sons actually liked Mr ______, so I had to endure years of occasional socializing with him at family events. To watch him hug my wife and sons made me so angry and despairing, yet without breaking my silence, there was nothing I could do about it.

Mr ______ was very religious and often sang hymns, when he was young. Given his behaviour, I believe that Mr ______’s actions are the reason for my lifelong dislike, distrust and dismissal of all religion.

I was quite an intelligent child, but during my time at school I followed the pattern of many survivors of abuse and did nothing but cause trouble and chaos. Now and again, I cannot help but wonder what might have been if not for the horrors inflicted on me, by Mr ______.

Mr ______’s actions even influenced the design of a tattoo I have. (The Darkness Within…..)

There is no doubt at all, that Mr ______’s actions have misshaped and warped my own personality immensely. I am of an extremely suspicious, untrusting nature, and I don’t relate well to people. I have often felt angry, pessimistic, sorrowful and very alone, carrying this burden of abuse. I have felt ashamed and guilty, for so very long.

Often I have disturbing “flashbacks”. My depression can be triggered by simple sights, sounds, etc. For example the song “Eagle Rock” by Daddy Cool can plunge me into the depths of despair (along with many other songs that Mr ______ used to play).

For another example, Mr ______ used to always call me “CAKE”, who was a homosexual cartoon character in a pornographic magazine that Mr ______ apparently used to buy and read. Even now, the word “CAKE” makes me shudder and can trigger such dreadful, painful memories and emotions.

To seek justice and validation, I have had to try and become cold and insensitive, as at times I have had to harden my heart and trample the feelings of others, to get to the truth. I no longer get on well with other members of my birth family.

Please take my word for it, contacting the police to make such a complaint about one’s own sibling is no easy matter. This was only carried out after much agonising contemplation and after every other avenue to ease my torment was explored and exhausted.

Mr ______ is now being held accountable for his actions. The guilt and shame that I have carried for so long, is now with its rightful owner.

After today, I intend to try and get on with my life and do all that I can to forget about Mr ______ completely, if possible.

29th April, 2012

Looking Back and Forth

It is now March 2013, several months on from the final day of court. I am feeling happy, relaxed and I am moving on with my life.

My family and friends who have supported me throughout are very happy and pleased for me, and what I have achieved. Without Constable BU and the Prosecutor J, I doubt that we would have managed such a good result. Both were so dedicated, enthusiastic and motivated throughout the investigation/prosecution. I still hear from both, now and again.

I will never, ever forget either of them!

There are members of my birth family that I no longer communicate with, That is my choice, and causes me no concern.

The abuser is in gaol.

I have no regrets that I chose to follow this course of action that has led me to justice, validation, peace of mind, and a much happier life, in so many ways! There is NO survivor guilt here!

For me, moving on includes trying to help other survivors of childhood abuse find their way through the darkness, be it through my writing, poetry, art – online or otherwise. I want other survivors to know that there IS a way through the darkness!

After court, I was interviewed by AH from the Sydney Morning Herald. The story ran the following Monday. It was also picked up by NINEMSN.

My reflections on the court experience/process have been published online at Living Well – Australia. Reaction to my writings has been positive, so far.

A couple of months after court, I was interviewed by ABC Radio National. The interview was broadcast recently on breakfast radio, and caused quite a stir. JC rang me and told me that he had never seen such a reaction to a story!

I have also recently participated in a study on male survivors of abuse, being undertaken by a Queensland university.

Last week, I did another newspaper interview.

It feels great to know that I AM reaching people!

As far as the immediate future goes, I have made a start on my intended book, and I am currently looking for a suitable site online to start my own “survivor” page.

I still enjoy skydiving, aerobatic flight, etc, and I will continue to follow my passion, for all things “airborne.”

My other past times include reading, my poetry/writing, my art, military history, video creation/editing, and playing bass guitar – badly. Over the past few years, with the exception of my poetry,  I have not had the time, the patience, or the inclination to follow these interests.  Now that all proceedings are over, I am finding renewed interest and appreciation for these past times.

My life feels so bright, and full of promise. I am now living a quiet, happy life with my loved ones, what else does anyone really need?

March, 2013.


sexual abuse justice

John and his supports

Until now it had not been possible to include full names or photographs on this page. This has changed since receiving the below update from John. Thank you, John, for sharing your story with us.

Some time ago, I contacted the Downing Centre Court to have the suppression order removed from my court proceedings. I eventually received a letter from the Judge revoking the suppression order. If you would like to put my name and/or the “full” photo of me along with my story, you can now without any legal repercussions.

I really wish that the Judge could have been in that photo along with police, support and myself – he really is the fourth spoke on this wheel of justice, I will forever be grateful to him.

I hadn’t been to this page for a while until today, but I am really pleased that people are still reading my story, and hopefully are drawing some inspiration and motivation from it.

August, 2016


  1. Comment by Valerie

    Valerie Reply January 13, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Hello John, just finished reading and has left me rather speechless. There is one “comment” your brother made that seems to be textbook for offenders and thats the ““You are going to burn in Hell because you can’t forgive me for what I did to you!”..that sentence reverberates in my head, due to the fact that is the sentence all offenders say over and over again. To the offender and their apologist if “forgiveness” is not as forthcoming and or as quick as they deem it to be, the “victim” is the ALWAYS the Bad Guy. Justice was indeed forthcoming in your case but all too often it never is for some. “Victims” are indeed the catalyst for social change. All too often “daily in fact” the Victimizer’s portrays themselves as the ultimate scapegoat for an over reactive system. They congeal with each other on any platform they can slither onto and express their disdain for their accusor’s, the legal system, the Laws and any other target they can focus on other than themselves. I have had the benefit of witnessing first hand the unrepentance, anger and hositility offenders express after being “caught” ..I am not sure what magic remedy will come across the pond to make parents “AWARE” of the obligations they owe ALL their children. The last few years I have noticed more parents (adults) have no business being in the “parenting business”. We can blame it on a multitude of social ills, but in the big picture, Society must take a NO tolerance stance on these crimes and go into the direction of harsher penalties and stonger repercussions for these insideous acts. Thanks for sharing your story .

    • Comment by John

      John Reply October 3, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      Greetings Valerie, thank you so much for reading – I absolutely agree with all of your comments!

      “Forgiveness” is an option that a victim/survivor may choose to exercise, and for some – it may even work, but INSISTENCE on “forgiveness” is abusive and re-traumatising in itself!

      Society must deal with such vile and despicable offenders much more harshly, the statistics on sex offender recidivism are absolutely unacceptable!

  2. Comment by Barbara

    Barbara Reply October 19, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Dear John, I’ve just read your story and I don’t know where to begin. One thing is absolutely clear to me, you are a hero. I can not even imagine the ordeal you went through and the emotional pain for all these years. It is so typical for your tormentor to call himself a “Christian”. That’s the reason I don’t like Religion. I really hope you and your family are doing well, you deserve all the happiness in the world! I admire your courage to come forth with your story, and therefore give hope to others. So, thank you for your story and your courage.
    All the best wishes for you and your family. Barbara

    • Comment by John Miller

      John Miller Reply December 2, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      Greetings Barbara,

      Your good and kind words are very, very much appreciated! Though I don’t see myself as a “hero”, I am very proud of the years that I have spent online supporting survivors of abuse and domestic violence – first on Myspace, then on Google+ and other websites.

      Like yourself, I don’t have much time for religion. There is far too much emphasis and insistence on “forgiveness”, which often results in survivors being re-traumatised, and also allows the churches a chance to avoid litigation. My one and only exception to this rule is this website – Living Well – and the great work that it does, as THE only support and information resource for male survivors of abuse in Australia. (Many organisations here “talk the talk”, but most don’t “walk the walk”!)

      After so many years of fighting abuse online, I am currently taking a break, nurturing and healing my own “inner child”, I have found that though wounds heal, the scars are for life. My story will remain here on Living Well, and I still talk to many survivors on Google+ , though I no longer post on issues of abuse. Instead, I now concentrate on my other passions in life.

      Again, thank you so much for your good and kind words – best wishes to you, Barbara! :)


  3. Comment by David

    David Reply November 19, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Greetings, John from Texas, USA.

    I came across the Living Well website through my employment, as I utilize mindfulness techniques with a client of mine. Further “clicking” through the site and I came across your experience. I am in awe of your resilience and the distance that you have come since your abuse and find your testimony to be fantastic.

    I, too, am a former victim of child sexual abuse; the abuser was my older brother as well. My experiences began when I was 7, getting ready to turn 8 and then past the time I was 8. Although his sexual abuse was out of context of his aggressive and violent acts toward me, there was nonetheless a disdain for my mere existence in the home. When he graduated high school (at 20 years of age he was given his high school diploma as the school didn’t want a 21 year old Senior) he joined the US Army and was stationed in Kentucky with his new wife and six month old son. Not less than a year later his wife left him with their son and returned to where we all were from; leaving my brother in jail in Kentucky. While there he became a heavy drug user and an alcoholic. At least twice he attempted suicide in response to Command Voices. He finally ‘detoxed’ in a mental hospital in Kentucky and when released was diagnosed with what was referred to as Substance abuse-related Schizophrenia.

    With his medication stabilized, he moved back to where we were from and began to humbly pick up his life. Unfortunately, he discontinued his medication and returned to being the paranoid “moody” person he always was.

    As for me, after my brother moved out I dealt with severe depression, contemplated suicide several times but never really had a plan for it and became homosexually hyper-sexual (by the grace of God I avoided every STD/STI known to mankind along the way and did not become a statistic for hook-up sex). Fortunately, I had friends and family with me through it all and managed to get out of the fog of depression, finish college, two masters degree programs all while getting married and starting a family.

    My point is: I have always believed, ever since I knew what sexual abuse was, that the perpetrator becomes a cursed individual who is never able to be happy or live a successful, productive life. Your story, mine, and the stories of others I have heard lends credence to this fact.

    Thank you for standing up for justice!

    • Comment by John Miller

      John Miller Reply December 2, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      Greetings David,

      I thank you so much for your good and kind words! I am so very sorry to read that you also suffered such horror at the hands of an elder sibling, there is so much in your words that I feel that I can relate to. I am so very glad to read that you have managed to come through, with the help of family and friends and that you are now helping others.

      I absolutely agree with your conclusions regarding the perpetrators of such vile abuse – they really are wretched, cursed individuals, and I believe that is what they deserve.

      Though I no longer post on issues of abuse online, I still maintain a page on Google+, and I am still in contact with many survivors of abuse. Instead, I concentrate on the passions and past-times that helped me get through.

      Again, thank you so much for your good and kind words – best wishes to you, David! :)

  4. Comment by Mal Burrows

    Mal Burrows Reply August 18, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Hi John,

    Please let me start with how Perfect of a person you have become from such a traumatic childhood.

    As a fellow survivor and into the later of my 4th year of legal arguments i truly am inspired with how you have taken control of your situation and Validated yourself.
    I myself while part of a bigger picture am also trying to take this on in a educated and open minded approach for i too would like to experience that weight lift one day.

    I decided to go back to University this year and am at QUT KG at 47 my 1st year in Uni, Bach of Human Services, go figure a kid from the streets, a drop dead boy with nothing and a menace to society. Sadly a product of the government system that failed it’s Duty of Care under my “Care and Protection Order”. I first started this to hopefully improve my employment chances, now i do this purely for me to make me a better person.
    And hopefully in return be able to help others.

    What i too have realized is the complexities we face daily is one of confrontational, exhausting, time stealing and human processes that sometimes just has no answers.

    I was put onto a book Surviving the Legal System by, Taylor. I found this to be a clearer picture of the legal process along with other valuable information. I am curious to your perspective on this as you are aware there is not a lot of available written information in simple terms. Advocating is a Big passion of mine as sadly our statistics of Suicide is one of One is Too Many. And like your self i too have a few Mental Health symptoms which i have from my childhood, but i have learnt that they me nor define who i want to be. Years of counseling from Living Well is continually helping me with that.

    Thank you soo much for taking the time to share with considerations around the complexity of such experience.

    Truly Inspired

    • Comment by John Miller

      John Miller Reply December 7, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      Greetings Mal,

      Thank you so much, your kind words are very much appreciated, though “perfect” is not a word that I would use to describe myself. Wounds heal, but scars are for life, and I will always be a “work in progress”. Fortunately, with the support of some wonderful people, I was able to achieve that measure of justice and peace of mind that all survivors so desperately need and deserve, but sadly, so few ever experience.

      As survivors of such horrors, I believe that we view the world very differently from others – we live our lives constantly in “threat assessment” mode, and it is extremely exhausting and draining on the body, mind and spirit. Even after moving along so far, it is hard to break the habits of a lifetime, and not fall back into survival mode, at times of extreme duress.

      My very best hopes and wishes to you, that you can achieve a measure of justice and peace of mind, through the legal/justice system, and also, on your efforts to provide assistance to others. I feel that your open-minded approach towards the proceedings is the best way to go – having no expectations leaves one less likely to be disappointed, AND so much more grateful when a good result is achieved.

      When I first broke my silence, I was absolutely aghast at how little information/advice is available to male survivors. There were very few books written about, or by male survivors. With no map and little guidance, I basically had to make my own way, and find those who could help me.

      During the time that I was active online, I feel that I achieved much, and I am proud that I was able to guide and assist other survivors, but I also feel frustrated that some survivors, particularly males, were absolutely unwilling or unable to help themselves. As you are no doubt aware, one has to totally commit mind, body and soul if one is seeking justice and peace of mind. I feel pain for those who still suffer in silence …..

      On a more positive note, more and more survivors ARE speaking out, I feel that by sharing my story I have encouraged and motivated others, and played a small part in that. 

      Best wishes to you!


  5. Comment by Misty

    Misty Reply January 8, 2018 at 4:20 am

    Dear John, I’ve just read your harrowing account of the childhood sexual abuse you suffered and your excellent blow by blow description of the court case. I am helping my partner unravel the things that happened to him and his family members. Some of his accounts often sound like dreams, there was torture and tormenting and home was not a safe place, much of his abuse was carried out by those who should have protected him. I understand the stress and the moments of despair you so eloquently shared about your fears and the effects it could have on your wife and children. I can relate, through my partners ordeal and your own close families unrelenting support to help you heal, to how these anxieties almost stopped you from continuing. I am impressed with how you focused on each small step of the judiciary system without getting distracted from the ultimate goal of seeing your perpetrator in court. All the waiting and the questioning as you asked yourself whether you were you doing the right thing, in the knowledge that your remaining parents and siblings would probably never speak to you again, must have at times caused great doubt. As a long term partner of someone who has been abused I have been coming to terms with his revelations, and the subsequent back-draft which may follow. I’m looking for support on this site and ways to help him deal with finding some solace and reconciliation within himself.
    One thing you share with my partner is writing and poetry , something we all share a passion for. I actively encourage him to continue to develop his inner voice and express his connection with the world, he is published and is finding new positive ways to feel his true value, to himself and society which to me is priceless.
    Kind regards

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