How can one speak of the abuses they have withstood, after spending a lifetime denying their existence? Sheldon Kennedy had spent most of his childhood and all of his adulthood trying to answer this question. He had been living with the aftermath from the abuses he suffered while in the care of Graham James. Kennedy was raped, physically abused, and manipulated by a man he was told to trust; he was left with demons he could never speak of, let alone comprehend by himself. Sheldon Kennedy was only able to overcome these past memories and abuses because of the help he received from his friends and family.
While Sheldon Kennedy was living with Graham, he was abused constantly, with no one to confide in. Graham saw Sheldon daily, and therefore was able to control who Sheldon talked to, where he went, and how the community perceived him. This manipulation hindered Sheldon from speaking about his past and present circumstances. Even more, if he did have someone to confess to, the person would never believe Sheldon. Altogether, Sheldon was trapped in a cycle of abuse and silence - a silence he could never break alone.
Subsequently, Kennedy’s life began to edge towards suicide when he met the person who seemed to bring light to his …show more content…
He was contacted by multiple news agencies to have his story told. As Sheldon stated in his novel, “The Calgary Sexual Assault Center reported that they went from dealing with twenty calls a month from abused men to twenty calls a week, with 25 percent of those calls concerning abuse suffered at the hands of hockey coaches” (Kennedy, 150). Sheldon was overwhelmed by the amount of support he received for telling his story; he knew he had done the right thing by telling his story and inspiring those in the same situation to find