A rape case that ended yesterday in Hamilton has my attention. It has my attention because the rapist, Travis Eugene Burrell, is the father of my two eldest children.
Some months past the police contacted me wanting his address, which I gave them. I had no idea why until a few hours ago when I discovered that today he was convicted on three counts: rape, sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection and attempted sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection. Until last night I knew nothing about this as communications between he and I have been very limited for several years and the police, of course, did not tell me.
I have never made any secret of my past, regular readers of this blog know I am a survivor of domestic violence. I know that speculation as to what I might be able to say about Burrell is natural and that people can join dots, so I am not surprised to be in the receipt of emails and other contact with regard this matter. However, my own story is just that – mine. I remind those interested that I have two children to this man and as their mother my responsibility lies to them first and foremost. My sympathies are with the victim, her family, Travis’ partner and of course my children – all innocent victims of Burrell’s conduct.
At this point this is all I want to say. Please allow me some time to confer with my family, to get more information.