Whenever childhood physical or sexual abuse is talked about, I often hear the question: “What can I do about it?”
There are a number of things actually, you could donate cash or give some of your time to any number of charities or agencies that claim to act on behalf of all children, such as the NSPCC, or agencies that focus on children and adults who were abused in the UK care system like NAPAC for example.
When it comes to donating money, you really are spoiled for choice in regard to the plethora of agencies and websites, who are claiming to represent and give a voice to those who have suffered abuse in all its forms, even more so now that the Government has slashed funding for many of these organisations to the bone.
You could consider handing over some of your hard-earned money to one of many who operate within the mucky world of the so-called ‘Alternative Media’, many of whom are always eager to accept cash donations, which of course enables them to continue telling you that the whole country is riddled with paedophiles and, every other person out there, (apart from them and their sycophantic and often abusive entourages of course) is a danger to your children and they know that for a ‘fact’.
Personally, I would not give a single penny to any of the above, as I do not believe that paying management structures hundreds of thousands of pounds a year, to do little other than promote themselves via media appearances, and with very little reaching the very people they claim to represent and support.
Nor could I sleep soundly at night knowing that a single penny piece of my cash, has gone towards buying flash cars, or cigarettes or is helping to sustain the lifestyle and habits of abusive and degenerate big mouthed charlatans who operate within the Alternative Media, some of whom have attacked and bullied innocent people, both online and in real life for many months, and a number of whom, were victims of childhood abuse themselves.
So what else is there you can do?
You could always buy a book….
It would not even cost you that much, £1.19 to be exact, and will probably do more for genuine survivors of institutional abuse than any or all the agencies and individuals mentioned above put together.
‘SHAME’ by Phil Thomas is not an easy read by any means. It is harrowing at times, overwhelmingly sad in parts, but throughout it’s telling, the story the author tells, is a brutally honest portrayal of one man’s fight to survive a life what would have killed or crippled most people, and also gives the reader a unique insight into the reality of what happened to many young men at the hands of Neville Husband, who has been described as ‘one of the most prolific and brutal paedophiles in this country’s recent history’.
So why would I recommend buying this book?
Because I know that this book has cost the author almost £20,000 of his own money to produce, and that he does not wish to make any money from it’s sale, not even to recoup any of his substantial personal investment.
I also know that every penny spent on buying a copy of this book will go towards genuine victims of childhood abuse, and will be held in trust by the solicitor who is acting on behalf of a number of the Medomsley Detention Centre lads who were brutalised by Husband and others.
Initially, some of the money raised from the sales of ‘Shame’ will be used to supply transport for a number of victims from all over the country, many of whom are in poor health, both physically and mentally, and who cannot meet the costs of attending the Independent Inquiry into Childhood Sexual Abuse which will be held in London, and being chaired by Lowell Goddard.
So there is really no excuse now is there?