Peter was 14 at the end of grade 9 when his high school music teacher began to groom him. He was a victim of his teacher for around 2 years. In order to end the abuse, Peter had to quit the band and the music department, leaving behind friends and his passion for music.
Peter came forward to the principal of his high school and told him of his abuse. The principal's response was to move the teacher to another high school. Moving bad teachers in an attempt to eliminate the problem was standard practice. This is still referred to as the "dance of the lemons." Once at his new school, the music teacher continued to sexually abuse young boys until he was forced to retire due to complaints about his inappropriate behaviour.
Peter turned to drugs and alcohol in an attempt to cope with the pain of being a victim, he even contemplated suicide as a final escape. Only once Peter met and married his wife Georgie did his life take on some normalcy. Her support over the years is what Peter credits for getting his life back.
In 2016 Peter finally found the strength to share his secret and tell the police what happened to him in high school. After his abuser was arrested, 10 other victims came forward to share their stories. The music teacher was sentenced to just over two years in a federal penitentiary. Peter told his story to CBC Ottawa and a year long investigation looking into the sexual abuse that took place at his old high school ensued.
No More Secrets was published in November 2018. Peter was also featured in the first CBC Ottawa Podcast, The Band Played On. The podcast chronicled CBC Ottawa's Senior Investigative Reporter, Julie Ireton's journey looking into decades of sexual abuse at the school.
Peter has a successful career in health care and speaks publicly about his experiences as a victim of childhood sexual assault. His wife and two grown children are his biggest supporters.