Steve tells you his story about life as a young man spent on the football field and in the boxing ring until drugs and alcohol replaced sport and life took a different direction. One night at the pub, Steve's irrational thoughts coupled with his drunken state caused an escalation of events between himself and other patrons. It was the next day, when Steve found out his actions had ended someone’s life, that he first realised how far into the darkness his own life had descended. This was the catalyst for Steve to start questioning himself. Steve talks about the value of education, and other people showing great faith in him, being central to the person he is today.
"I Am Not My Crime" features courageous people telling you the story about the crimes they have committed and their journey to redemption. As you make your way through this first season you will notice a couple of common themes: the importance of other people, opportunities for employment, and being welcomed back into society are what really matter for supporting change and a life lived differently. "I Am Not My Crime" has been produced to help you understand that for many people it is their circumstances that led them down the path to offending behaviour and that what somebody has done in the past is not an indication of who they are today.
Presented by University of Southern Queensland Criminologist Dr Suzanne Reich, each episode concludes with the latest research about why people commit the crime or crimes that have been discussed.
If this episode brings up any issues, and you need to talk to someone, you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, Alcoholics Anonymous on 1300 22 22 22, or Narcotics Anonymous on 1300 652 820. And blokes, if you think you might need help with anxiety, stress, depression or anger, you can speak with a counsellor from MensLine Australia on 1300 78 99 78.
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