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CRUSADER AGAINST CHILD ABUSE SLOWED BY ILLNESS.



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THEN: In 1992, Paul McLaughlin Paul McLaughlin is a Scottish footballer who plays as an attacker.

His former clubs include Celtic FC, Livingston FC, Partick Thistle. Paul was picked up by Celtic FC at a young age from the youth side Bosco Juniors. He played there for 3 years and was then released.
 was featured in a Register-Guard story by Eric Mortenson. (See efn.org./scan/abused00.htm.)

McLaughlin, aka "The Child Abuse Man," would stand on street corners with "Stop Child Abuse" signs. Mortenson learned why: McLaughlin had been terribly abused as a child by his mother. In stories substantiated by relatives and doctors, McLaughlin was burned, awakened a·wak·en  
tr. & intr.v. a·wak·ened, a·wak·en·ing, a·wak·ens
To awake; waken. See Usage Note at wake1.



[Middle English awakenen, from Old English
 in the middle of the night and made to stand in a corner for up to eight hours. Once, his mother split his head open with her spiked heel. Other times, she stripped him and beat him with a stick.

NOW: Paul, 59, still lives in a south Eugene condominium condominium

In modern property law, individual ownership of one dwelling unit within a multidwelling building. Unit owners have undivided ownership interest in the land and those portions of the building shared in common.
 with his wife, Elizabeth, and has spent the past few years adjusting to multiple sclerosis multiple sclerosis (MS), chronic, slowly progressive autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks the protective myelin sheaths that surround the nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord (a process called demyelination), resulting in damaged areas .

In the years after the Register-Guard story, McLaughlin deepened a one-man crusade to confront child abuse. To help raise money for the cause, he spoke around the country. He was on TV and radio. He stood on street corners with his sign.

"The article gave me a visibility I hadn't had," he says. And credibility.

Suddenly, people not only believed McLaughlin, but wanted him to speak or be interviewed.

But the multiple sclerosis, starting in 2000, has put an end to most of that.

Now, he does most of his anti-child abuse campaigning on a laptop computer.

In recent years, he's had to relearn Verb 1. relearn - learn something again, as after having forgotten or neglected it; "After the accident, he could not walk for months and had to relearn how to walk down stairs"  to walk and talk and remember things. And yet, despite it all, he has also found a certain peace.

"I'm not as angry as I was," he says. "The illness has calmed me down. I'm less stressed out."

What he's proudest of? "I did not repeat the same behavior of my mother."

She is still alive, living where Paul grew up, in Pennsylvania.

For more information on Stop Child Abuse Now, see http://www.efn.org/scan/scan.html.
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