My abuser died before he could to jail – now we’re going to try to claim against his estate

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An acquaintance sexually assaulted Shane Cooper* and his younger brothers during their school years 20 years ago but the emotional scars still run deep. (Photo: GALLO IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES)
An acquaintance sexually assaulted Shane Cooper* and his younger brothers during their school years 20 years ago but the emotional scars still run deep. (Photo: GALLO IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES)

Being a big brother is hard, especially when you have three younger brothers and your mom is a single parent. You feel you constantly have to check that they’re safe and sound, that no one is harming them, that everything is okay.

Yet five years ago, Shane Cooper* fled South Africa because he felt he could no longer deal with all the responsiblity. Even taking care of himself was too much sometimes.

More than 20 years have passed since an acquaintance sexually assaulted him and his younger brothers during their school years but the emotional scars still run deep.

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