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23 Jan

Importance of Community & Belonging   

Importance of Community & Belonging    Written By: Daniella Tucci, Previous Placement Student , The Gatehouse Childhood sexual abuse (CSA) is a very traumatic lived experience for people to hold onto for the rest of their lives. This type of abuse not only harms people physically, but as well leaves them emotionally scarred. Most often adult survivors struggle with feelings of isolation due to the impact of the abuse. Feelings of community, support, belonging, and trust may start...

23 Jan

Grounding Ourselves

Grounding Ourselves Written by: Brooke Byers, Social Service Worker Diploma, Previous Placement Student – The Gatehouse  What is Grounding?  We can ‘ground’ ourselves in the present and remind ourselves that we are safe and that we are not in danger (The survivors Trust). Grounding also known as ‘earthing’ is a therapeutic technique involving activities that ‘ground’ or reconnect you to the earth, this practice looks at earthing science and physics to explain how electrical charges...

13 Dec

The Importance of Chosen Family 

The Importance of Chosen Family  Written by: Thiviya Subramaniam, B.Sc., Previous Placement Student, The Gatehouse  A family can provide individuals with interpersonal connections and a reliable support network. But what happens when a survivor of childhood sexual abuse is not able to turn to their family for support? What happens when a survivor has experienced sexual violence from family members? Or their family takes the side of the abuser and is skeptical or discredits the survivor’s...

13 Dec

Establishing Boundaries: Experiencing connection during the holidays 

Establishing Boundaries: Experiencing connection during the holidays  Written By: Sienna Wallwork, Program Assistant, Completing Bsc. Family & Community Social Services and Social Service Worker Diploma  It is important to establish and enforce boundaries as this is a way of giving yourself and your needs a voice, as well as protecting yourself from harmful or unhealthy behaviour. When setting boundaries, you may feel nervous that you will lose out on a sense of connection. There are ways...

12 Dec

Supporting Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors 

Supporting Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors  Written by Alexandria Medeiros, Criminology/Psychology (B.A.), Socio-Legal Studies (M.A.), Addictions and Mental Health (Post-graduate certificate), The Gatehouse Placement Student   Supporting someone who has experienced childhood sexual abuse can be a deeply sensitive and challenging endeavour. It’s essential to approach the situation with empathy, patience, and a non-judgmental attitude. Here are some guidelines on how to provide meaningful support:   Listen Actively: The most important thing you can do is to be...