Ben O’Toole from Step Back Think visited Moama Anglican Grammar School on Monday, to speak with students as part of our Pastoral Care sessions.
Ben was the victim of a coward’s punch on his 22nd birthday.
You could have heard a pin drop as Years 10 and 11 students listened to his harrowing presentation, where he described his own attack, and the attack on James Macready-Bryan, which was the catalyst to start Step Back Think.
James, better known to his mates as MB, was assaulted in the CBD on his 20th birthday in 2006. A single punch knocked MB to the ground where his head smashed against the pavement, resulting in catastrophic brain damage from which he will never recover.
In the years since MB’s assault and the formation of Step Back Think, countless more young men have sustained horrific injuries from assault, and others have lost their lives.
Step Back Think was formed as a mechanism to drive the cultural change that will end social violence and prevent others going through what MB, his friends, his family, and his community are faced with each day.
Ben visited our school last year for a similar presentation and we were glad to welcome him back.
To learn more about Step Back Think, click here.