Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – For adolescent survivors of sexual abuse, healing from this traumatic experience it often quite a difficult process. However, in times like these the services offered through the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Oswego County are able to provide the survivor with the tools necessary to expedite the healing process. One of those tools was the “Darkness to Light Workshop” that the CAC recently hosted. Made possible through a mini-grant provided by the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, the “Darkness to Light Workshop” helped adolescent survivors of sexual abuse develop a better understanding of the healing process. Executive Director of the CAC, Karrie Damm explains.
“The devastating effects of sexual abuse permeate a child’s soul, often leaving shame, loneliness, and blame in its wake. The purpose of this workshop was to give survivors an opportunity to reframe their experiences through drama and art therapy, give the healing process another form, and allow the teens to connect with others who have experienced the same type of abuse,” she said.
Mira Rozenberg, MA, RDT, and Kimberly Jewers-Dailley, MA, RDT, Registered Drama Therapists from the Post Traumatic Stress Center in New Haven, Conn., facilitated the “Darkness to Light Workshop.” The two lead the teens through an embodied verbal method and trauma-centered psychotherapy process.
“Mira and Kimberly did a wonderful job. We are fortunate that we were able to welcome them to Oswego County and offer our youth this enlightening workshop. We are also thankful of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau for affording us the opportunity to bring a unique healing experience to the youth as we continue our mission to protect and serve the abused children of Oswego County,” said Damm.
Established in 2001, the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County (CAC) is a non-profit charitable organization that provides a safe, child-friendly site for the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse and offers a wide range of services to children who have been physically, sexually, or emotionally abused.
Working together with law enforcement investigators, child protective services, medical providers, therapeutic professionals, victim support professionals, the probation department, and the district attorney’s office, the CAC looks to maintain a well-coordinated, effective approach to child abuse investigation and prosecution, and service provision to families and individuals affected by child abuse.
For more information on services provided by the Child Advocacy Center you may visit their website at www.oswegocac.org or contact Damm at 592-4453.