Monday, January 14, 2019

'He knew what he did': Sexual assault victim breaks his silence

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“He knew what he did.”

A 47-year-old Barrie man is forced to relive a painful past.  A time in his life that he pushed into the deepest, darkest caves of his mind with the hopes that it would never see the light of day again.

But today is about closure as he chooses to share his story publicly for the first time since 1984 after being sexually abused by his Catholic school teacher.

“For a kid, he took you places, bought you stuff… And he wined and dined you as a kid, more or less.  You get dragged into it.  It just happened.”

He’s talking about Steven Vincer, known to him as 'Tom Vincer,' who taught for more than 40 years at Angus’ Our Lady of Grace Catholic School.

On Wednesday, Vincer was convicted of sexually assaulting two young boys in the 1980s and sentenced to 18-months behind bars.

The Barrie man didn’t go to court to face his abuser; instead he chose to drive by the courthouse in hopes of watching Vincer being lead out in handcuffs.

“It gave me closure that he admitted that he did something wrong.  He’s going to do some jail time.  That’s where he belongs.”  (more...)

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