Patrice Evra has spoken out about being sexually abused at 13 because ‘he doesn’t want children to be in my situation’ of being afraid and ashamed to speak … with the Manchester United legend revealing that he ‘felt like a coward’
- Patrice Evra hopes that her decision to open up will help others in a similar situation.
- Former Manchester United star revealed she was sexually abused at age 13
- Evra detailed her heartbreaking experience in her new autobiography ‘I Love This Game’
- He hopes it encourages others to speak up and not be embarrassed or scared.
Former France and Manchester United star Patrice Evra has said he was sexually abused by a teacher as a teenager.
Evra, 40, has detailed the alleged incident in her new autobiography and explained why she has never spoken about it until now.
“When I first wrote the book, I didn’t tell the whole story because I was still embarrassed,” says Evra.
Patrice Evra revealed that she has opened up to her heartbreaking sexual abuse to help others speak up.
The Frenchman went into details about the incident in his new autobiography ‘I Love This Game’
Now I want to say it because I do not want children to be in my situation, ashamed of themselves, thinking that they are not brave, because it is not about being brave. It’s about being mentally prepared to talk about it.
“ I just want to make sure the kids have the courage and don’t blame themselves because I always blamed myself.
“I felt like a coward for many years because I never spoke. It was something heavy on my chest. But now I’m not doing it for myself, I’m doing it for other kids. ‘
Evra, who grew up in the Paris suburb of Les Ulis, said the abuse took place at a teacher’s home, where he was staying.
Evra has talked about how important his fiancee Margaux Alexandra was in helping him open up
She added that she traveled to Paris two weeks ago to tell her mother about the abuse for the first time and that it had been much more difficult than speaking openly in an interview.
“Only now, when I am 40 years old, do I tell him,” he says. It was a great shock to her. Very angry. She said she was sorry. She said, ‘You shouldn’t put it in your book, it’s private, Patrice.’
But that’s when I said, ‘Mom, it’s not about me, it’s about other kids.’ Then he said it was okay, that he understands.
Evra, who won five Premier League titles with United and was France’s captain at the 2010 World Cup, said he was contacted by police over allegations against the master when he was 24, but denied at the time that there would have been abuse.
“That is one of my biggest regrets because I could have helped so many people.”
The Manchester United legend won five league titles at the club with Sir Alex Ferguson