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THE HIDDEN PHILANTHROPIST 

SEASON 2, EPISODE 07

THE HIDDEN PHILANTHROPIST talks to RUSSEL MANSER

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Summary –

Disclaimer: this episode discusses serious issues of sexual abuse and drug addiction which may cause distress. The Voice of a Survivor assists victims of institutional abuse, call them on 1300 863 509 if you need to talk to someone who understands. 

Andrew Purdie chats with Russell Manser, a survivor of institutional child sexual abuse. Russell opens up about his childhood and how growing up dramatically influenced his later years, eventually leading to him committing crimes as a teenager and being admitted to the adult Long Bay jail, despite having just turned 17 years old. Sadly, Russell was unable to escape the prolific sexual abuse that occurred within the jail walls, and shares with Andrew the extreme hardships he endured throughout his teenage and adult years due to the abuse. Russell shares his journey of drug addiction, crime repetition, rehabilitation, and the start of The Voice of a Survivor. 

Key Topics & Chapter Markers –

  • How Andrew and Russell met, Russell’s childhood and growing up around crime, being sent to Daruk Boys Home, the beginning of sexual abuse [01:00]
  • Length of Russell’s sentences, pedophilia within jail, shame and trauma [16:21]
  • Carrying burdens, robbing banks, drug use, the beginning of Russell’s healing, starting The Voice of a Survivor, the future of The Voice of a Survivor [25:59]

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