Benni McCarthy’s pledge: “never to use a woman and kids as punching bags”

By Drum Digital
29 November 2016

During a recent interview, soccer legend Bennie McCarthy spoke about the life of abuse he faced growing up

Benni said that as a child, he witnessed how his mother was constantly being abused. This became his motivation to work hard and to one day give his mother the life she deserved.

“My mom unfortunately was on the end of a beating, and because I was the youngest of three kids at the time, I was always in the house and I was the one who was witnessing all this. Yeah, I just made a promise to myself that I want to work my socks off and make a success of my life so I can get my mother the life that she deserved," he said.

Benni says he didn't want to be an abuser, he wanted to be different, so he promised himself he wouldn't be the one who uses women and children as "punching bags".

"Kids and women cannot defend themselves against us. So, to use kids and women as a punching bag is vile. I promised myself that I would never become that guy who uses a woman and kids as a punching bag, but try and make a difference," he said.

He used his situation as motivation to reach a higher place to be where he wanted to be.

"Whenever it looked like it was getting tough, I would just think about what I went through and where I said I wanted to be," he added.

Benni wants people to use his story as a means for people to help themselves should they find themselves in similar situations. He added that there's always a way to get help.

"At the end of the day, I made it.  I came from a violent and abusive background, so anyone else in that situation can do the same. If anyone is suffering they should come forward because there are ways to get help," he added.

Listen to the full interview below.

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