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"A criminal's life for me"

Published on : 29 January 2013 - 4:02pm | By Margo de Haas (rnw.nl )

Gerard Nijburg turned to crime early, going to prison for the first time at the age of 13. With a bully for a father and an unhappy home, he never felt as though he fitted in.

He used drugs, alcohol, gangs and casual sex to try and give his life meaning. Violence was his way of winning status and respect.

 

 

Spending time in prison didn’t bother him. Prison was a place to learn new tricks of the trade and make friends.  Gradually, drugs and alcohol took over and feeding his addictions became his life. 

But Gerard finally hit rock bottom and decided he wanted to turn his life around. Slowly he managed to regain control of his life.

He now uses his own experience to try and help youngsters who are at risk of making the same mistakes. To show them that there are better options than criminality and addiction.

Gerard will never be an angel, and still falls of the wagon sometimes. But his life has made him who he is. And now he’s determined to put his negartive experiences to positive use.

 

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Anonymous 21 February 2013 - 8:16am / Canada

I was watching a program on child abuse and neglect and realize that an abuse child will suffer many adult challenges. He never felt important or that he can contribute. I have personal experience with this in my life. the abuse will always find ways to self express. law breaking helps with that. I have moved on. I still struggle with my criminality because it makes me feel better about my self. However, I have gone on to earn my masters in criminal justice juvenile concentration to help youths.

Anonymous 21 February 2013 - 8:21am / a better wolrd

I say get help, not from psychologist, but from your self. study yourself.
study the sciences and humanities, but especially,, psychology focus on cognition,motivation, and personality as well as abnormal psychology
I pray you find your self. you have to go back and understand what you felt as a child and how you must come out of that trap. that's where your self is hiding. this will not make you stop your crimes, but it will help you on your journey to find out whats going on or why. strive for and to better understand..cc.ty

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knirb 2 February 2013 - 7:56am

"the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands." - Anne Frank.
Good for him, and glad he chose to turn his life into something other than a sob story.

anonymous 31 January 2013 - 4:21pm / lalaland

It's a wicked world, and when a clever man turns his brains to crime, it is the worst of all.

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