Asked what she does to escape the horror and the ever-present knowledge of what happened to her son, Anne Levey says: “You will laugh, but I play Nintendo.”
“I play Mario Bros and some other games. I love it.” “One of my neighbours here reckons I would beat any 14-year-old on Nintendo. It shuts you off you know, it’s a nice escape,” she said.
Ms Levey also does jigsaws and has several orchids that “she worries about”. “I have good friends and I fill my days. I did go to a counsellor for a while but I couldn’t keep going over and over it all. Nintendo is my counsellor now,” she said.
Ms Levey, who now lives in Albury, turns 76 this month and is still trying to deal with the shock of revelations about the abuse of her son, Paul, by pedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale.
Although Anne and Paul have had some very tough times, they are close now and Paul phones every day and visits often.
“I am so proud of Paul and how he’s coping. He’s always been a kind boy,” she said.