As we get close to the launch of my book Confessions of a Trauma Therapist, I can hardly believe what an interesting and stimulating evening it’s going to be. The universe is certainly cooperating! Imagine having Judy Steed as MC (Judy Steed published Our Little Secret about sexual abuse in Canada), Michele Landsberg telling us some of her journey as a journalist and Sylvia Fraser speaking about her history as one of the first to write about her own incest.
Michele Landsberg wrote for The Toronto Star in the days when she was a lone voice exposing sexual violence against women and children.
Sylvia Fraser is another amazing pioneer. Imagine publishing her book My Father’s House in 1987 when society was still in total denial about the sexual abuse of children.
My husband Dr. Harvey Armstrong recognized and began treating child sexual abuse when he was a psychiatric resident at The Hincks Treatment Centre long before anyone was aware that child sexual abuse was endemic in our society.
The great irony is that even though Harvey was an expert, he didn’t recognize that his own wife suffered a dissociative disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. Harvey will speak about his experience.
It’s going to be quite a celebration of how far we’ve come in stemming the flood of child abuse.