We are greatly
appreciative to the groups who brought our quilt square
workshops to their areas. It was a very exciting and
rewarding venture for them and our project team. We
were pleased to have them join us in working toward
the realization of our vision.
We provided some back ground information
on the Child Abuse Survivor Monument Project and how
a quilt square workshops could take place in their
community. Information was also provided through word
of mouth relationships and our web site.
The building of a monument to child
abuse is a large undertaking and also a very important
one. Although the final Monument is dedicated to survivors
of all forms of child abuse, the sculpting was primarily
done by survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Thank You, I’m
Just About Whole Now
Who would have imagined the implications,
the imprisonment, the isolation
Not I - it wasn’t going to impact me
Who would have surmised the sexual confusion,
the stumbling blocks, the self-delusion
Not I, it wasn’t going to stop me.
I had dreams to attain, goals to accomplish
Who or what would dare get in my way.
I was sure of my destination
Slightly aware of consternation;
Success appeared easy
‘Til envisioned destiny
Slowly started slipping away.
But I had places to go - I finally got selfish
Who can explain the endless reconstruction,
the extensive therapy, the exhaustion
Not I - it is not affecting me.
Who can dream of the determination,
the development, the decisions
Not I - it is not delaying me.
I have dreams to attain, goals to accomplish
Who or what dares get in my way
Focusing on my destination
Oblivious to my imperfections
The obstacles daunting
Memories still haunting
Encountering endless educational delay.
Places to go - will the pain ever diminish?
Who will fathom fighting the frustration,
the fear, the fury?
I will - with family, friends, faith.
Who will acknowledge the achievement,
the absolution, the ascent
I will - with assistance, action, affect.
I will attain my dreams, accomplish my
Who or what will dare get in my way,
Sure of my destination,
and the truth
shall set you free
As I am
Through acceptance I have found hope
In truth I have found love
Dancing freedom, laughing peace
To be cherished as I am
Embraced by love in the light of truth
am surprised at how I feel turning in my square. I feel
like I am giving up a part of myself to be exposed.
When I think of all that I have poured into that hunk
of wax, only to have it eventually melted again, my
heart grieves a little.
Kim came to Toronto for a week
to sculpt her quilt square and
gather enough understanding,
information and skill to organize
successful workshops in Alberta.
The Alberta team and their supporters
did an amazing job in getting supplies, resources, accommodation