Amy's Story 

When Amy sits down in our reception area, waiting for her counselling session, she is anxious. When we ask her if she would like water or tea, she nervously hesitates before answering. Like many other women sitting in that exact spot before her, in addition to feeling anxious she also feels scared, angry, lonely and different. These are all very normal feelings after the horrific and abnormal act of rape. 

When you think of someone who has experienced sexual assault, you may assume and rightfully so, that this person is experiencing physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological impacts. However what we sometimes overlook or minimize is how those impacts manifest themselves in our daily life. It goes beyond not being able to attend work, or focus in school or talk to our friends and family; it disrupts all the things we know and took pleasure in beforehand. In Amy’s case she can no longer be in crowded areas which include the bus, the mall and school. She no longer enjoys listening to music, she no longer likes the scent of her perfume, and even her favorite pizza tastes different. This is the impact violence can have. It destroys even the smallest pleasures that make our lives so colorful.  

Amy has a journey ahead of her that will be full of ups and downs. A journey that will be challenging and filled with pain, sorrow and discomfort. Through our counselling service, we will be there supporting her on this journey from trauma to recovery to healing and strength.

In our safe space, Amy will draw on her courage to address the visible and invisible impacts of trauma, she will honour her resilience and strength, and, she will once again not only feel comfortable in crowded areas but also start enjoying the beautiful world around her.

And this journey begins with the simple offer of tea or water in our reception area, and after Amy’s initial pause, she declines both. Instead she asks if she can have apple juice. This is such a natural request from someone who is only 14 years old.

To be able to provide our counselling services to Amy and women as young as her, we need your support.

Each gift of $100.00 can provide 2 hours of counselling support to women as young as 14 years old. 

Thank you for donating to our goal of raising $38,500 to keep our counselling program running and for your continued support of all our critical services for women hurt by sexualized violence.

To donate through the phone, by mail, or if you are having trouble with this page please call Monica, WAVAW's Community Giving Coordinator at 604-255-6228 ext.227. To learn about other giving options including hosting a fundraiser and legacy gifts please visit our information page.

   To donate through the phone, by mail, or if you are having trouble with this page please call Monica, WAVAW's Community Giving Coordinator at 604-255-6228 ext.227. To learn about other giving options including hosting a fundraiser and legacy gifts please visit our information page.
 
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