I too believe that Shawn is a hero. I found this definition...http://www.123helpme.com/preview.asp?id=37481
A couple things that really sticks out are:
They also endure much resistance, hardship, and danger. Often the hero learns valuable lessons about survival and self-reliance. Not only do heroes teach valuable lessons they give a child a sense of belonging. To a child, a hero is an invincible person who will change the world.
Listening to Shawn's interview will change the way many young survivors cope with their recovery. He his an inspiration with his will to survive and the courage to carry on. (as are all survivors) That in my eyes, is a HERO.
I consider my Son a hero for many reasons, his strength,courage, and the need he felt to protect me when his perps threatened to kill me if he told....
He has the courage to attend Therapy once a week, deal with his Vision Issues, flashbacks, triggers and so on. That is VERY heroic, all survivors are heroes to me..