“Our [nonprofit’s] work is designed around a view… that says no one gets left behind and everyone gets seen.”
Persistence, good therapy, yoga and meditation, and the loving support of a sensitive partner have helped Peter to heal from the abuses of a Catholic priest.
Patrick has been rebuilding his capacity to trust, and his openness to intimacy with others.
A learned hyper-independence, a talent for invention, and a connection with God have enabled Pete to overcome multiple experiences of sexual abuse.
For many years Paul lived with the misplaced burden that he was somehow responsible for abuse that derailed him. Confronting the abuse has freed him from that burden.
Peter has sought to infuse his work with his capacity to see those who use their power to harm others, not as monsters, but as human beings in their full complexity.
A breakdown at age 40, painful, but embraced, has led to a man now at peace with both pain and the transformation of pain, and with a connection to others.
“I’m actually going back. Back to where the abuse occurred… to reclaim my childhood.”
Religious faith has helped restore Raymond’s capacity to trust, and therefore to connect with others. In so doing it is healing the breach created by four years of sexual abuse.
Tony’s love of acting, and the human connection he found through it, gave him a pathway to healing after he was abused by a mentor.
“And now, most of the time, I function more like an orchestra inside.”
Targeted because he was “different,” both within and outside his family, Richard battled back to become a successful professional and married man who is no longer defined by his tormenters.
“I knew the force behind the apartheid government. I knew the power that they had. I knew people’s stories were made, and I got violently raped for it.”
Today, Rocky’s eyes glitter with life and determination, despite decades of life burdens and a childhood scarred by abuse.
Healing from severe sexual abuse has been a decades-long commitment for Scott, to reclaim his voice, to tame his anger, and ultimately to forgive.
Sean wrestled for much of his life with the demons set loose by years of abuse as a child, but he has found connection in the community of survivors in New Zealand.