Author helps build awareness of child abuse

Abuse of any kind is disheartening to everyone involved, not just the victim.

The Boundary Women’s Resource Centre hosted a reading and presentation by author Carollyne Haynes. Haynes was part of the centre’s effort to educate and create awareness of the impact and aftermath of childhood sexual abuse.

Abuse of any kind is disheartening to everyone involved, not just the victim.

When the victim is a child, the emotional and physical impact is magnified.

In an effort to bring awareness and educate the community about childhood sexual abuse, the Boundary Women’s Resource Centre hosted a reading and presentation by author Carollyne Haynes.

Haynes novel, entitled Raised by Committee, is an autobiography of her own childhood.

Raised by Committee focuses on a young girl (Haynes) growing up in a children’s home in England. The girl was abandoned by her mother  and left with a sexually abusive father.

As she grows older, the novel follows her through her ordeals and how she overcomes each hurdle.

Haynes’ believes that Raised by Committee also gives tribute to the social workers, caregivers and everyone else who has taken care of children left without a home or family.

Born in England and currently residing on Vancouver Island, Haynes is an avid supporter of serving the community.

On Oct. 20 at 7 p.m., the Women’s Centre will be hosting Her Story Month, dedicated to women politicians past, present and future. There will also be a film showcase.

For more information, you can call the Women’s Resource Centre at (250) 442 5212 or stop in during drop-in hours, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.