When I was 7 years old living in Athgarvan Village we had two shops. One was Hayden’s, a small shop and the other was Doyle’s, which was a larger shop and carried a bit of everything. They were located on opposite sides of the village. Sometimes my Mam would have me go to Doyle’s to pick up some milk and bread. Off I would go down the hill on my bike. At the bottom of the hill I would see this old man sitting on the stump smoking his pipe. I was always polite and greeted him with a “hello” as I would pass by. One day he stopped me and asked me to get him some Woodbine cigarettes at the shop so I agreed, I was going to the shop for my Mam so there was no reason I should not help him out. He was old and a trip to the store would probably be a bit much for him. He handed me a half crown and I was on my way, but, before I left he told me I could keep the change when I got back and that was great pocket money so I was happy and peddled away to the store. It got to be an ongoing thing, every time I was passing by he would have me pick up various things at the shop and give me a few pennies for myself. I even told my Mam about the old man and she told me it was the old man and that he was harmless and old so helping him out was a nice thing to do. One day I was riding my bike to the shop for my Mam when he stopped me. He said he needed some things at the shop but the money was in the house, which was located just across the road from the stump on which he sat. He told me to follow him in to get the money and so I did. When we got inside the house he turned and locked the door. I asked him why he did that. His response was to turn, slap me across the face and demand that I take my pants off. I was crying and frightened and I said “Why are you doing this to me?” he then grabbed hold of me and pulled me into his bedroom. He pointed to the bed and said “get in!” I froze, tears in my eyes and did not moved. He then roared “Get in!!” I did not get in the bed I sat on top of it. Since I did not do what he wanted me to do he grew impatient and started fumbling at my pants and pulled them off. Then he took his own pants off, got on the bed and pulled me over and he lay beside me on top of the bed. It was beyond horrible, more than any words can express, and I was mortified for there he was rubbing himself on me. I was sobbing and praying to God, “Help me, Please Help Me”. When he satisfied himself he got off the bed to put his pants back on. As he was doing this I saw my opportunity to escape, no pants, ran to the door and unlocked it but he grabbed me again and took me back to the bedroom and told me to lie there. He again took off his pants and got back on the bed. He started rubbing himself against me again. I was terrified and all I could think of was where are my Mam and Dad, when all of a sudden the door opened. The house door was unlocked, he forgot to lock it again and some young girl came in and shouted “Need anything from the shop” he shouted back “No I’m okay” but she came into the bedroom and saw me. With this she ran out and he told me to get dressed, go home and never say a word to anyone “OR ELSE!”. I don’t know who that girl was, but thank you, I believe you may have saved my life.
After all of his twists and turns he has dedicated himself to helping others survive abuse and has formed the group The Voice Against Child Abuse. He helps direct others to the resources they need to survive their own battles. He is also working on an independent movie project to raise awareness about abuse, survival and deliver the message that there is hope and even a little laughter in life. The movie is call "If You Told" based on his third and final book in the Mad Man From Athgarvan series "Don't Blink".
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