Assault victim writes book to inspire others to have a voice

It's a sad, astounding statistic. One in five girls and one in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse.

Kenneth Vincent, of Vidor, was abused as a child and he never spoke out about being abused until he was an adult.

Now, he's helping other victims find their voice through a new book he's written titled "Wounded Year."

The words are real. It's his story. It's his past. The book tells real life situations that forever changed his life.

Vincent was abused by a neighbor when he was 11-years-old. The man was someone he saw as a father-figure.

"He introduced me to hard core porn when I was 11-years-old and just began to condition me to accept certain things about what's appropriate as far as sexual behavior," Vincent said.

Vincent kept it a secret for decades until he visited a family counselor a few years back.

"He began to lay out to me how that conditions the brain and how it creates a dysfunctional attitude that can can be carried out into future relationships," he said.

Due to the statute of limitations, too much time had passed for Vincent to go to police. So, this now English teacher, decided to put his experience on paper by writing the book "Wounded Year."

It's a fictionalized account of what happened to Vincent. In the book, you'll see this saying "Wounds, they heal. But, the scars, well, they tell the story." Vincent says wounds turn to scars and scars tell stories.

"They're reminders. I'll never forget that I was abused as a child," he said.

Vincent's book has been on Amazon.com since the beginning of the year. Already, victims who had kept their sexual abuse a secret, have now come forward finding their voice so they too can now heal.

As for the man who sexual abused Vincent, he was later charged with two counts of Sexual Assault of a Minor and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.


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