Waiting for a light at the end of the tunnel
The phrase is admittedly cliché, but it’s the best way I, as a person who’s never been a sexual abuse victim, can envision someone who has being forced to live their life.
If you are a victim of sexual abuse, or any kind of abuse for that matter, or want to know more about the life of someone who’s gone through the hell associated with those things, then I highly recommend reading ‘Let Your Light Shine’ by Katherine J. Winters.
Winters has lived in Red Deer since 1983 following a move from Edmonton, and prior to that Manitoba, where she grew up.
Her story is one of pain and perseverance, strength and putting faith in religion, the latter being something which isn’t for everybody. However, being someone who lives with a chronic illness, I can relate in the sense that when you’re desperate to find a way to cope with something that dogs you every single day, sometimes the best method is one you never thought would suit you.
“I hated the very thought of entering into this process. But I knew in my gut I had to see this through to the end.”
In many ways, I feel like that line from the book not only sums up Winters’ story, but the struggle for every sexual abuse victim if they have any hope of coming out of that tunnel in a state where they can move on and live a healthy life, one where their mind isn’t plagued by the haunting memories of abuse.
Katherine J. Winters will be doing a book signing on March 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Chapters in Red Deer. The book is also currently available on Amazon.
In Red Deer, some resources which exist for victims of sexual abuse and assault and those who need counsel include:
- Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre - 1-866-956-1099 (24 hour Text and Phone line) - http://casasc.ca/
- Shalom Counselling Centre - https://www.shalomcounselling.com/
- Red Deer Victim Services - 403-356-1099 (24 our Sexual Assault Crisis Line) - http://www.reddeervsu.ca/adult-sexual-assault
- Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter – 1-888-346-5643 (24/7 Toll Free Help Line) - http://cawes.com/
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