I listened to this and tears flowed. For him, for me, and all survivors.
It is so validating to hear the voice of the words of someone who really knows what prolonged abuse is, who says what you feel and how it affects you long term.
‘It is a lifelong sentence, it never leaves us’. To hear him talk about the risk taking, the lifestyle choices to avoid and numb the pain, to escape, the drinking etc, I relate to. Deeply.
But, to hear the courage and hope Ian has too, is just so inspiring.