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I am 57 years old, married, with three grown up children. I live by the sea in Wallasey, on the tip of the Wirral peninsula, opposite the city of Liverpool in the UK. I am a foster carer and a writer. Until 1998, I kept a dark secret. I had been sexually abused as a child at a school run by the Salesians of Don Bosco, and ordered to stay silent when, in 1968, I told them what was happening to me. But, in 1998, I broke my silence and fought back against those who had abused me and then tried to keep me quiet. I have since written a book about what happened in my struggle for justice. You can read the background on my web site http://www.grahamwilmer.org.uk . In 2003, I also set up a charity, The Lantern Project, to help other victims of child abuse. http://lanternproject.org.uk
Monday, October 1, 2007 Breaking my silence
After 40 years of suffering and shame, Graham Wilmer broke his silence about the sexual abuse he suffered at a Salesian school in England. But bringing the teacher who abused him to account, and exposing the Salesians who covered it up, proved a harrowing task.