The man Sarah* should have been able to trust as her stepfather became a monster. He undressed, touched and violated her. Sarah’s mother did not believe her nor support her and sided with the abuser. Her childhood is a bad dream she could not wake up from. She finally found the courage to flee from Alberta to B.C with the assistance of her older siblings. It was then Sarah found the strength to report the abuse to the regional police. She was 15 years old. She escaped to Kelowna to reside with her biological father who she barely knew. The sexual abuse stopped after she made it to Kelowna. Sadly for Sarah she would begin to endure emotional and verbal abuse from her stepmother. It was not until she found the Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society that she could see a light of hope. Elizabeth Fry Society helped by providing her basic needs as well as trauma therapy, victim services support, ongoing emotional support and advocacy. It was through these supports Sarah found her inner power to build a better life.
It has been 3 years since Sarah has first walked through the doors of our office. She recently has completed her red seal culinary program and managed to pay for it entirely on her own. She is now living in her own place and for the first time knows what safe feels like. She has purchased her first car and is fully independent. We are currently working with Sarah as she awaits her trial outcome and hopefully sentencing.
The United Way assisted Sarah in her journey to heal by providing funding for the sexual abuse counselling program and the resources to be able to make such advancements in her life. She continues to work every day to not let her past dictate her future.
*Name has been changed to protect the privacy of the individual
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