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Why I Didn't Say Anything: The Sheldon Kennedy Story [Hardcover]

Sheldon Kennedy
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May 22 2006
In 1996, Sheldon Kennedy rocked the insular world of Canadian hockey by announcing that his former minor-league coach, Graham James — the Hockey News 1989 Man of the Year — had sexually abused him more than 300 times.The media portrayed Kennedy as a hero for breaking the code of silence in professional hockey and bringing James to justice. The heroic myth intensified in 1998 when Kennedy announced that he was going to in-line skate from Newfoundland to British Columbia to raise awareness of sexual abuse. The skate raised over $1 million for Canadian Red Cross sexual abuse programs, and Kennedy settled in Calgary with his wife and young daughter.Anyone who has followed hockey in the last ten years is familiar with the story of ex-NHL player Sheldon Kennedy. As one of the most promising hockey talents to emerge from the Canadian minor leagues in the last two decades, Kennedy was destined for hockey greatness. But after he was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 1988, he attracted more attention for his off-ice antics than for his contributions to the score sheet. Plagued by rumours of drug and alcohol abuse and a string of injuries, Kennedy drifted from team to team.The happy ending promised by the headlines never materialized. Still haunted by the demons of sexual abuse, Kennedy's life spiralled out of control. Now he has finally come forward to tell his story, and the story of coach Graham James, who is out of prison and currently coaching hockey in Europe.

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Sheldon Kennedy skated for three teams in his eight-year NHL career and played for Canada's gold-medal-winning team in the 1988 World Junior Hockey Championship. He is best known for his courageous decision to charge his minor-league hockey coach, Graham James, with sexual assault for the abuse he suffered over a five-year period while a teenager under Graham's care. Sheldon's subsequent decision to go public with the charges rocked the hockey world and thrust him into the media spotlight, where he became an unofficial spokesperson for millions of sexual abuse survivors in North America. His life story was made into an award-winning television movie, and he has appeared on Oprah, ABC's Nightline, W5, and The Fifth Estate.After retiring from the NHL, Sheldon in-line skated across Canada to raise awareness of sexual abuse issues. Sheldon now works as a youth counsellor in Calgary, where he lives with his daughter, Ryan.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Survivors of sexual abuse and general public April 26 2010
Format:Hardcover
I am a survivor and found Mr. Kennedy's book to be true in nature and well written. He provides enough detail for the reader to experience the vicitmization through his eyes and he describes perpetrators to a "T" especially the denial and lack of ownership in ruining his life and the life of others. It is important for the public to understand how easy it is for a child to be harmed so badly and for so long.There are so many other horrific details to be shared... His book provides a good introductory reading in understanding sexual abuse and I recommend it to everyone. Knowledge is power...for children's sake! Just remember that perpetrators are the most unsuspecting people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why I Didn't Say Anything April 23 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was an excellent story. I commend Sheldon for coming forward. I am a victim of sexual abuse as a child. As victims we carry shame and fear.
Telling your story is a part of the journey to healing.
For those who have never been abused, by reading about it, it helps you to understand why we don't say anything. We are children in a children's mind. We are programmed... We are afraid, we are ashamed. We don't understand.
As aduylts, we try to block it out, we are afraid of criticism or more shame..
It is a good read. Be blessed Sheldon Kennedy!
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