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Lewis Viner

My name is Lewis Viner and I’m 22 years old.

I grew up a happy, bubbly, energetic curious boy.

Although I was a happy, bubbly boy, I also had no confidence and found it incredibly difficult to voice my opinions and understand both thoughts and feelings.

My story began when I was 10 years old;

In April 2011, my class teacher arranged for a weekly Sex Education lesson every Friday afternoon. I remember feeling incredibly anxious before the first session!

I realise this was one of the last times I was innocent.

A close family member let me know I could confide in them if I wanted to talk about what I had been taught. It was something so new to me, so I was anxious about the subject.

I must stress, It felt hard to talk about.

I’m only aware of being taught the basics which did not include what sex or consent was.

My abuse started immediately as I had these lessons in school.

The family member who I confided in, started to molest me.

I was told not to tell anyone and that it was “our secret”.

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