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Thomas Roberts talks about his suicide attempt at 15 and tells teens: “You’re here for a purpose.” look at him now, a handsome and successful newsman, it would seem that Thomas Roberts has always had it all.

But in this very candid “It Gets Better” video, the MSNBC anchor talks about the pain he suffered as a kid who was molested by his parish priest – a pain so great that it drove him to attempt suicide when he was 15.

His sister found him and he talks about the pain he caused his family who rallied around him: “I saw first-hand the pain in their eyes and realized that suicide was not the answer.”

This experience, and his journey through it, puts the openly gay newsman in a very unique position to talk about being in such a dark place but surviving and gaining a perspective that is now most valuable when he shares it with others.

“I want you to think of yourself as a gathering storm,” he says in the video. “You’re going to gather your strength, you’re going to gather all the love that’s around you, you’re going to gather your confidence because the bullies out there in the world, they don’t matter. You’re going to gather your education and gather your dreams for a bright future.”

“You’ve got to know and believe that you are here for a purpose, I promise that you are – just the way you are.”

Well said Thomas! Check out his video and please pass it on.

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3 Remarks

  1. Great Message.. FROM a Great person.. Thomas Roberts..
    Catholic priests have raped thousands of innocent children in the USA alone.. many of whom killed themselves.. many others still trying to recover..
    Gay or straight.. everyone counts.. and has a message..
    Thanks for speaking out.

  2. The courage that this man has faced from the first time he came out publicly about his molestation as a youth to now this, all I can say this man has my up most respect.

    I think I must have looked at all the It Gets Better videos somehow I believe this is probably one of the most powerful statements to date.

    Bless you Thomas Roberts for being the man you have become today and the strength you imbue on others by sharing your intimate knowledge and life story.

  3. Thanks once again Thomas for giving your voice to this very important message. I hope those in situations where they see no way out except suicide will take heart in your message. IT GETS BETTER!

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