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November 24 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

#NoLongerSilent – A Conversation About Childhood Sexual Abuse

It’s estimated that 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18. Most of the time by people they know and trust. Many do not tell and for those who do, they are often not believed or told to keep it quiet.

What happens to these children and youth as they grow into adulthood? What is the cost of keeping secrets? And why the silence?

Join us November 24th at 7:OO PM as our lived experience panelists discuss:

  • The scope of the problem, secrecy and disclosure
  • How the trauma of CSA impacts the lives of its victims
  • Coping mechanisms and ways forward in healing
  • The value of peer support

Registration is closed however we are happy to provide the live link to the event. You can attend by clicking here.

Meet our Panelists

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Peter Hamer

Peter has over twenty years’ experience in the healthcare sector having worked in a variety of upper management roles and as a Medical Practice Management Consultant.  For the past seven years he has held the position of Executive Director of a Family Health Team in rural Ontario just outside Ottawa, Ontario. 

During his high school years, Peter was the victim of sexual assault perpetrated by the school’s music teacher during the 1980’s. After going to the police and subsequently seeing his abuser sentenced to prison, Peter initiated a yearlong CBC investigation into the sexual assaults perpetrated by three teachers spanning five decades at the high school he attended in Ottawa’s west end.  Peter was also featured on the award-winning CBC Ottawa Podcast, The Band Played On that detailed the investigation into these sexual assault crimes.

He has been a regular presenter at a variety of medical conferences over the past 10 years and has become a strong advocate for the prevention of childhood sexual abuse and speaks publicly about the affects sexual assault has on male victims. 

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Stacey Kirkpatrick

Psychotherapist Stacey Kirkpatrick’s life hasn’t been easy; however, her journey is proof that healing is possible, and that life can be what you make it––even after being raised by a single mother with mental health challenges and being sexually abused by the men in her life.

Stacey has always wanted to share her story, but the reasons evolved from needing help for herself, to having people understanding her choices and ultimately wanting others to know they are not alone.  Stacey is a co-author in the International #1 Best Seller, Women Who Impact.  Now, in her upcoming book, Milk and Cookies, she tells the story of her childhood. Sexual abuse and trauma start with a seemingly innocent secret about milk and cookies that would become something more sinister.

Stacey had various careers, but with advanced training in human potential from Chicken Soup for the Soul’s creator Jack Canfield, America’s #1 Success Coach, Stacey began to find her way and completed a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. In her private practice, Stacey spends her days helping clients who struggle with the effects of abuse. She is the Chair of the Board for Voice Found, a charitable organization that works to prevent childhood sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, and human trafficking.

Panel Moderator

Derick Fage

Ottawa boy Derick Fage is passionate about his community, a quality that serves him well as the current host of Operation Support Local on Rogers TV. His past experience includes hosting Breakfast Television Montreal on Citytv and host of Daytime Ottawa on Rogers TV. In 2012, Derick was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his community work and contributions to charitable organizations. After going public with his personal struggle of living with chronic fecal incontinence since birth, he accepted the role of ambassador for the Canadian Continence Foundation in the hopes of helping others who are living with any number of challenges. More recently, in January 2020, Derick was unanimously voted in a president of the foundation. In 2015 he became the first non-medical professional and patient to speak at the International Continence Society’s annual meeting in its 45 year history. In 2018 Derick gave inspirational and impactful talks at the Global Forum on Incontinence in Rome and at the National Conference on Incontinence in Niagara Falls. He is grateful to speak about his challenges, and advocate for awareness and change. Derick is a sought-after professional speaker, interviewer, mediator and motivator. His personal story is honest, authentic, emotional, and leaves a lasting impact on audiences.

We acknowledge that this conversation can be triggering for some of you. If you need help or assistance you can contact one of the following: