April 20, 2015 10am – Transforming Trauma to Triumph – The Toronto Police Services Board Brings Relief to Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse at The Gatehouse
Dr. Alok Mukherjee presented the $150,000 donation cheque to Gatehouse Executive Director, Brad Hutchinson. A message of congratulations from Premier Kathleen Wynn was read to volunteers, members and staff who joined the celebration. Author, Deb Maybury shared her insights into the meaning and importance of the transformational work that The Gatehouse is leading in supporting survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
The numbers are disturbing – Child abuse affects nearly a third of Canadian adults. 1 in 3 females and 1 in 6 males in Canada experience some form of sexual abuse before the age of 18.
The Gatehouse, the only house of its kind in Canada, provides a community response to child abuse that facilitates healing, recovery and prevention. It is a safe place for children to disclose abuse to police and social workers, as well as a support network for adult survivors and whole families of CSA. As a part of the healing process it offers a comforting healing atmosphere that references transformative learning and healing processes, including: meditation, neuroplasticity, a healing garden and many more strategies beyond the conventional to transform trauma into triumph.
Thank you all for your support!