As the co-ordinator for the Cowra support group of adult survivors of child abuse, I look for resources we could share and use to live a better life. Recently I came across an organisation called Protective Behaviours (http://www.protective-behaviours.org.au ) whose program is based on two themes:
•We all have the right to feel safe all of the time
•Nothing is so awful that we can’t talk about it with someone
It is that second sentence which brings me to write today. NOTHING is so awful that we can’t talk about it with someone. We have a long way to go to achieve that but it is so true though. As painful as it can be, the pain of holding back is ultimately greater and creates bigger ongoing issues, than the pain of processing old memories or old triggers. Either way there is no easy way.
To help on the way there are many resources around, one of which is a local community day held in Canowindra next Saturday, June 21. $10 to attend an information day on what happens when a child goes through trauma, and grows into an adult and most importantly how you can help – you as part of this community -, how you can help whilst maintaining healthy boundaries. So why not come along and have a go. You do not have to explain why you attend. Just be there and listen, that is a start to work together for a better community.
All details on www.itmatters.com.au or call 0458 698 460 or 6342 1612.