By Travis Morgan
Wayne, NE - Most sports fans in Northeast Nebraska either know Mike Carnes or have read something written by him. But the guy that always has a smile and a joke has dealt with demons since he was 9 years old.
"Being the naïve little boy that I was at the time I said, sounds like a good idea I'll hop on back. We never made it home. We wound up behind the swimming pool in Newman Grove and I was presented with two options. I could meet his sexual desires or I could get the crap kicked out of me. If you're a nine year old kid, what do you think your options are at that point?" Carnes said about his attack.
But 30 years after his attack on his 40th birthday Mike had reached an all time low.
It just seemed like I was failing at all the important stuff in my life. I was failing as a dad. I was failing as a journalist. I was failing as a business man. I walked down to the river in South Sioux where I was at the time. I watched the water go by and thought that all I need to take is two steps and this will be over. I won't have to feel any pain anymore. And then I got to thinking about the impact this would have on my daughter. It would devastate her. Something about that said there's got to be a better way out of this. This isn't how you want to go.
He started picking up the pieces and then the Jerry Sandusky story broke, and Carnes became inspired to help everyone that's gone through sexual assault. He began writing a book and one year after the Sandusky story broke Carnes' book "Call Me a Survivor" was released. He then went to Nebraska capital to talk with Attorney General Jon Bruning about tougher laws against sex offenders, and educating schools on sexual assault.
His latest adventure is public speaking. Carnes talks to groups about his life long struggles, and how they can survive and get through it.