Patrice Evra, a legend of Manchester United, has spoken about the sexual abuse he experienced as a child and how it still affects him.
The 41-year-old has already spoken openly about his horrifying sexual abuse experience in his memoirs, but he has returned to the public eye in an effort to assist any children who may be going through a similar ordeal.
The former France defender claims he concealed his experiences for more than ten years out of shame until realizing how crucial it is to come out.
Evra admitted to the BBC’s Today Programme that she had to board a train for a three-hour commute when she was 13 because her school was too far away. Since my teacher was a resident of the school, he suggested that I stay in his home.
“At first, he was cooking for me and letting me play video games; it was like a dream.” But every time I went to bed, it was like a nightmare because that’s when he tried to abuse me sexually. Every night there was conflict, but one night he prevailed. I informed my mother that I no longer wanted to stay at that teacher’s residence. I was asked why, but I declined to answer.
“I dealt with that until I was 24 years old, when I was playing for Monaco, and the police phoned me and asked: Did he do anything to yourself? This individual has had several accusations about other children being sexually molested. And I rejected it. I lied since I was already well-known, which makes you feel bad about yourself and guilty as well as afraid of what people may think. I regret it since the children are more important than me.
The woman in my life, Margaux, also helped me get rid of that toxic masculinity and feel comfortable, which is why I was honest about it in my book.
“I felt like I could trust her, so I spoke openly and let go of something.” I choose to include it in my book. I called the publisher after finishing my book and said, “I need to add something incredibly significant.”
The most heartbreaking moment was when I told my mother face to face, when I was 40 years old, that I had been sexually molested when I was 13 years old. She was obviously heartbroken, and I informed her that I would include that in my book. No, that’s too personal, she retorted. No, mum, it’s not for me; it’s for the kids, I replied.