Today he was charged with sexual offences against someone under 14.
Today was the day that confirmed that all the pain I have been through over the last year was worth it.
I am both elated and terrified. Elated because others are protected now. Terrified because it will mean going to court.
The court process will take a long time –as these things do. And that’s fine. There is nothing more for me to do now. This is about process and technicalities. And let’s face it, it is not me that is passing each moment with a jail sentence hanging over me!
I can sleep well now. The same can’t be said for others. Others who had one last chance to do right by me but instead chose to support him. They made their choices to protect themselves…again…and in so doing offered him extra protection by concealing the truth.
But you see, what happened happened. It doesn’t matter what anyone else says because it happened to me, not them. They can’t take away from the truth of that, they can only fail to support me in my truth. That was their choice. Like it was my choice to take the really difficult step to break the silence.
I can live with the choices I made.
And now court dates have been set the public side of this process has started. It is my hope that others come forward – because I have no doubt that there were others. And if they don’t feel strong enough to, I hope they watch, and feel that justice is being served for them too.
I am no longer silenced.