Due to the outcry of victims across North America in response to the Montreal Gazette’s article written by Pat Hickey, we felt it imperative to offer a response.

First and always, we encourage all those who have been sexually victimized to speak up, tell their story and to not live in fear. There will always be critics in the world, but you’re not alone and we must all stand together.

Victim bashing is never acceptable and proves over time to be counter productive and prolongs the pain. It does indeed sell newspapers but at the expense of wounded souls and therefore re-victimizing millions of people.

Finger pointing and name calling serves no positive purpose either, and allows the pedophile to slink back into the darkness as victims are once again left to pick up the pieces.

If there is any good to come of this it is the uniting of souls who have undergone wretched experiences and allies around the world who are demanding an end to the epidemic of sexual abuse.

Our focus is, and will continue to be, elevating the conversation, and encourage healing.