Advocating for victims, and sharing the lessons I’ve learned through decades of therapy and self education; is an endless task. I declare my commitment to help others and make it my mission in life. What a wonderful way to bring meaning to the pain I have endured as a result of being sexually assaulted.
Since the release of my book “The Queen’s Daughter” in 2004, the public response has been incredible and a new purpose for my life emerged.
On Thursday, February 12, 2015 I am holding a fundraiser to support my popular program and I offer the following statistics with hope that my work is recognized by the people who challenge “The Cause” for its credibility.
Someone that I considered a close friend recently called me a fraud. However, my “Thick Skin” began to develop and has grown since the fateful night back in 1976 when I was gang raped. Even though I was a helpless victim, I was blamed, shunned and criticized on a regular basis. Thanks to the feminists, we have come a long way baby.
I don’t take things personally and I don’t care what people think. It was hard to grow that “Thick Skin” and not without being hurt along the way; but today I am stronger than ever! I am a woman on a mission!
The following are the statistics as a result of my program for the past ten years:
77% or 3,237 letters were from victims or their family members
who posed a question dealing with ongoing struggles as a result
of sexual assault, abuse or harassment.
23% letters of congratulations and praise for speaking out on
behalf of victims and “The Cause”.
age of 16.
victimized by the same abuser, or family members of the victim such as:
spouses, parents, grandparents or siblings.
This includes high schools, University of Windsor, University of Michigan and
St. Clair College.
1/ Depression – how to deal with it (this includes anxiety which is a by-product
2/ Forgiveness – still feeling angry
3/ Sex and sexuality – all male victims have questions in this area
4/ Shame and guilt – how to deal with it
5/ Moving forward – need skills to cope
Should you ever call and my answering machine clicks on repeatedly, I am probably talking to my son Michael, Lorraine Brennan, Theresa Reaume, Darlene Gudrie-Butts; or a victim.
Thank you to all those who plan to attend the ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET/FUNDRAISER; to the volunteers who have gifted us with their time and expertise and to the many businesses and individuals who donated door prizes and offered cash donations.