My name is David Nguyen I have been with beautiful wife and rock Jessica for 16 years. We have been blessed with two amazing kids Alaina who is 4 years and Joshua who is 20 months. Without the support of my family and friends I would not be the survivor I am today.
I am one of the 1 in 5 Australian kids who have been sexually assaulted.
In June 2019 I will be participating in the Bravehearts 777. I will be running 6 Full marathons (21kms) and one half marathon (42kms) in 7 states in 7 days. As a participant in the Bravehearts 777, I have committed to raising $10 000 by June 2019. Your donation will help me raise awareness, educate, empower and support those affected from child sexual assault.
The money will be used to fund Braveheart’s personal safety program, a school based program that educates our kids about personal safety. Your donation will also provide vital counselling services to those kids who have been affected. This counselling provides the victims with a safe place to work through their traumatic experience and provides the support they need to tackle each day one step at a time.
Growing up my mum was and is the most amazing, supportive and loving mother, I came from a good family and I wouldn’t fit the stereotype of a child ‘at risk’. But child sexual assault does not discriminate and could happen to anyone one of us or even worse our own children. More than 59 000 Aussie kids will experience some form of sexual harm in the next 12 months and I’ve made it my life’s work to use my story and my experience to help those who have no voice. It hasn’t been an easy decision sharing my story but as I sit here writing this and reflecting on my childhood I am consumed with sadness but I also feel empowered with sharing my story.
I believe that every child has the right to feel safe, confident and free from the terrible consequences of child sexual assault. At the age of 8 years old I lost that, my childhood innocence was violently taken away from me and I grew up in a world of shame, guilt and loneliness. I even started to develop thoughts of killing myself.
Any chance we have to try to make the world a safer place for a kids is worthy of our best efforts. I want to share my story to raise awareness about child sexual assault as I know its a topic no one ever talks about and we need to keep the conversation going. The fact that we don't talk about talk about child sexual assault makes it a taboo topic which creates stigma, shame and guilt.
Quite often we feel helpless about situations that we can’t fix or prevent. Take this as an opportunity to do something about child sexual assault. I can’t stress enough the power of being that voice for children who can’t speak up bc they are too ashamed and afraid. The sad reality is that child sexual assault happens daily. So please take time to speak to the children in your lives. Educate them about personal safety and appropriate behavior. Let them know that you are always available if they feel uncomfortable and not safe. Believe me when I say you can save someone and prevent child sexual assault simply by having these conversations.
Lastly to the guy that abused me...It doesn’t matter anymore what you did to me, you couldn’t destroy me. I’m still standing, I’m still strong and I always will be.
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