I started writing the series ‘Simon’ in 2019, but if you look closely at my past work, you can find him metaphorically speaking in it already. An example is the piece I wrote in 2016 days after (someone else) a youtuber I worked with raped me: "I'm back at the start, and I cannot escape. The same cycle all over again.”
Simon is a series about domestic violence, rape, partner abuse, slander, libel, defamation, child pornography, sexual harassment, psychological torture, power dynamics, complicity of third parties in the abuse, the complexity of trying to get help when nobody wants to believe you or speak out against your abuser, and trying to protect others from your abuser by finally speaking to the police. It’s also about being autistic, and going through all this while on the spectrum.
Simon is the story of my first abuser I never wanted to share publicly because I knew it would put me and my family in danger.
I started writing about Simon when multiple victims of him spoke with me in 2019 (after I gave a series of media interviews about partner violence), and I decided to officially testify against Simon after they did. I did so in civil court in June 2019 since I realised his abuse didn’t stop with me.
Simon has become so dangerous for me and others, I can’t stay silent anymore.