Strength Found is a program for adults who were sexually abused as children.
Developed and informed by persons with lived experience, we offer workshops, peer support (groups and 1:1) and social activities designed for survivors.
We welcome people of all gender identities and programs are provided at no cost to participants.
Strength Found helps participants to better understand the impact of their trauma and provides tools and opportunities to grow in a supported environment.
Survivors of child sex abuse possess incredible strength and resilience – this program will help survivors to create a full and healthy life.
Peer Support 1:1
Peer support is a supportive relationship between people who have a lived experience in common. It is based on the believe that people who have faced, endured and overcome adversity can offer useful support, hope and encouragement to others who are facing similar situations.
This short term, one to one support helps participants as they move forward in their healing. It helps to reduce stress and increases resilience by breaking things down into manageable pieces.
Peer Support Groups
These groups provide survivors with support in a safe space. Through facilitated discussions, participants learn about the impact of child sexual abuse and are given tools to develop or enhance positive coping skills.
Each week a different topic or theme is discussed such as:
- Moving out of isolation into inclusion
- Inner child
- Re-establishing healthy boundaries
- Loss and grief
- Flashback and grounding techniques
We run groups for female identified and groups for male identified participants.
Each group runs for 15 weeks.
The first step to participate in our programs is to register with us and complete an intake.
- True Colours
- Letting Go so You Can Thrive
- Embodied Yoga Therapy
- A Conversation About Suicide
- Workshop at Ottawa Tool Library – Power tools 101
- Empowering Stitching
- Shame and Guilt
Frequently Asked Questions
We know that in Canada, 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys will experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday. We also know that only about 5% are reported to police and that many children carry the secret of their abuse into adulthood.
Recovering from the complex trauma of what was done to them as a child requires appropriate support.
Sadly, many survivors do not get the support they need as it is either not available or they do not have the means. This program makes healing accessible to all.
ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) are the cause of many of society’s most pressing health problems.
These problems contribute to the astronomical and consistently rising costs of health care, as well as tremendous social costs in morbidity, mortality and quality of life.
In fact, the ACE Study uncovered a stunning link between childhood trauma and the chronic diseases people develop as adults, as well as social and emotional problems. This includes heart disease, lung cancer, diabetes and many autoimmune diseases, as well as depression, violence, being a victim of violence, and suicide.
Survivors of childhood sexual abuse are at greater risk of developing problems with alcohol and other drugs to ‘numb the pain’ and may be more likely to start using substances at a younger age.
There is also a link between response to childhood sexual abuse (such as depression, low self-esteem or post-traumatic stress disorder) and the risk of experiencing problems with substances.
At no time do we ask for or need details.
You share what you are comfortable with. In group settings we discourage story telling as it can be triggering to others.
What happened to you is important, and we honour that, but our focus is on healing.
We are currently working on developing permanent space downtown.
In the meantime you will find locations listed according to program.
Most of the services are offered in both official languages.
This includes 1:1 Peer Support and Peer Support Groups.
Some workshops may not be available in both languages but this is noted.