whatever happened to thomas and his crew?
I was 22 when I was off the booze and was forced to deal with the wreckage of my life, and all of that pain and rage, without the numbing agents. I took 30 days leave from the military, and went back to the old neighborhood to confront my attacker. I have often describe that time as going hunting for Thomas. That was a true statement, I was hunting him. I was filled with a lot of rage at 22.
I was fortunate, a quick investigation disclosed Thomas killed himself, as he was about to be arrested for molesting another small boy. I wish I had the courage to tell someone when I was 8. How many fewer victims would there have been. My Preacher recently told me "That was wasted energy, and you shouldn't think like that." But, how can I not, in spite of what he, and his friends, did with and to my body, I am not a monster.
It took me many, many, many, many, many, years of therapy to finally realize that both TJ and D we're just as much victims as I was. I can truthfully say at this point I do not hold any malice against them.
My survivor’s affirmation: “My life IS my legacy, as his darkness was his. I remember even though his darkness covered me for a time, it did not take my soul. Each time I do this, I claim the victory, and I survive.”