Peter Blenkiron holds school photos of himself taken as a student in grade six. He was abused by Brother Edward Dowlan in 1974.
They did it one night in Ballarat, 1974, at an otherwise normal teen sleepover. Two 13-year-old boys tiptoed out the backdoor of a grey-brick house in suburban Alfredton and rode their pushbikes seven kilometres through the piercing wind to a post box in Sebastopol, on the town’s south-western edge. They wanted to put some good distance between themselves -- their identities, their homes and families -- and what they were about to do.