The President would never believe me. I couldn’t prove that a teacher sexually abused me as a child. But he is now serving time in one of Great Britain’s notorious maximum security prisons.
The President would never believe me. Years later I met the teacher for a drink. I was a confused young soldier with a terrible secret, who just needed to understand. I needed him to say something. He didn’t. I couldn’t. We had a beer and talked of others. Agreed to stay in touch when we parted.
The President would never believe me. My school was a British boys boarding school. The teachers respectable Gentlemen, many of them retired military officers. The headmaster connected to the Royal Family. The current Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, a peer of mine at the school. Fine people. Great people. Gentlemen you could trust. Just like hundreds of priests, politicians, captains of industry, and even America’s Dad. Bill Cosby.
The President would never believe me. I didn’t report the crime until almost 50 years later. Long after I launched the Stop Abuse Campaign. Disclosed my abuse. Blogged about it. And told the story on many a stage. But I had not reported the crime to the British Police. I acted when I had to. I received a Facebook message telling me the teacher was still working at a British Boarding School. Only then did my sense of duty and responsibility outweighed my fear.
The President would never believe me. I didn’t want to believe me. But the British Police believed me. He was arrested and charged . People kept coming forward. They had similar stories. Similar memories. They didn’t come forward because they wanted to, but because they now had permission to, and they felt a responsibility to.
The President would never believe me. He and Judge Kavanaugh are both credibly accused of sexual abuse. Judge Kavanaugh of child sex abuse.
Is this why the most powerful man in the world would never believe me?
Andrew was a Captain in the British Army before practicing integrated marketing communications and marketing, mostly for global brands. A survivor of both child sexual abuse, domestic violence, and suicide, Andrew dedicated the second half of his life to protecting children from trauma.