In light of recent stories of sexual abuse and sexual assault in the media, we at Thrive are conscious that children, youth and adults may be having difficult thoughts and feelings when they hear or read about these accounts. Reports concerning a local pediatrician, Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey, and movements like #metoo, just to mention a few, are drawing local and global attention to the issues of childhood sexual abuse, sexual harassment and sexual assault. Your child/teenager, or children in your care, might be asking questions about these stories, or perhaps you might be recalling events from your own past. These stories might be triggering a reaction, possibly bringing on feelings such as fear, disbelief, shock, worry, and a sense of being overwhelmed. Here is some useful information for help and healing:
Notice your responses and your reactions. Make sure you have the supports that you need. Take the time to do things that will relieve your stress and negative feelings. Here are a few suggestions for self-care:
WHERE TO GET HELP
If you know or suspect a child is in need of protection call:
• The Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton at (905) 522-1121 or 1-855-550-3571 for service in French.
• The Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton (905) 525-2012
• Call the After Hours Emergency Services for both agencies at (905) 522-8053 after 4:30 pm Monday to Friday, on weekends and holidays.
COAST (Crisis Outreach and Support Team) 24 hr. Child and Youth Crisis Line (905) 972-8338
SACHA, the Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton and Area) provides support to adults who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives. 24 hr. support line (905) 525-4162
Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services helps sexually victimized children and youth, and their families, in our community; click here to find out how.
Hamilton Police Service
Dial 911 for emergencies or, for other non-emergency matters, call (905) 546-4925