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Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 3086

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Tonight's special guest is Scott McKellar from Melbourne, Australia, a child abuse survivor. He recently participating in a book about Australia's male survivors, 'Telling My Story' (for info on the book write to: cath@shootingstar.pub). Born in 1970, Scott suffered significant child abuse starting at six by a stranger in a park and followed up later by sexual and physical abuse at the hands of two teachers. He was assaulted by a group of young men at aged ten," Scott says. "I have often been picked on by strangers since." As a young teen he was physically assaulted by a group of boys at a church run camp and later sexually assaulted by three leaders. "I said nothing for seventeen years." He goes on, "During my secondary schooling I was often subjected to physical, verbal and emotional bullying. A year later Scott protected a group of boys from a pedophile who had molested him seven years earlier. "I was a leader in a church run organization for boys," he explains, and went on to university. He's been in and out of work ever since, making many poor decisions and getting involved with the wrong people. "I have lost more money than I care to mention. Several business ventures failed and in 2001 I was forced to sell my home." Scott attended a workshop for male survivors facilitated by Mike Lew, 'a game changer'. He's participated in Facebook groups and in a documentary about survivors and in giving evidence to two Royal Commissions into Disability and Institutional CSA. "The battle that I face every day is the 'need to be needed'."

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