Nathan Spiteri: How did you break up with your abuser and then forgive?
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Nathan Spiteri is a filmmaker, actor and writer. He is also a sexual abuse survivor, activist and advocate. Born in Canberra, Australia, Nathan was sexually abused as a child, threatened with his life and that of his family. He turned to drugs, violence and sex as a result to survive. Hitting rock bottom, Nathan finally came out the other side, through intense therapy, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics and Sex Anonymous. He has chosen to use his painful past to help others, aligning himself with organizations both in Australia and the US to raise awareness, educate people and act as an advocate for sexual abuse.
In episode 346 of the Fraternity Foodie Podcast, we find out what life was like growing up in Canberra, Australia, what happened in January of 1987 when Nathan was at a local swimming pool with his friends, why Nathan kept going back to the abuse, what Nathan’s reaction was when the abuser had moved out of his home, what happened in Sydney when cocaine, heroin and sex was used to cope, how he got help in New York City with Alcoholics Anonymous, Sex Addicts Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, his family’s reaction to the abuse, how writing a screenplay helped him move forward, how he broke up with his abuser and then was able to forgive, and why it’s important to feel our pain, cry, and share our vulnerability with others.