There is a great deal of strength gained from knowing someone who has worked where you are walking and now has a life of their own choosing.
He oranga ngākau te mōhio ki tētahi kē i te ara e takahi nei koe, otirā, ko tona nāanei, ko tāna i pai ai.
We are all social beings by nature – connectedness and community are necessary if not vital to our wellbeing. The very existence of positive social relationships can be a source of healing for many psychological wounds.
Because sexual abuse and sexual assault occurs in relative secrecy – in a state of disconnection between people – reconnecting and building trust are often at the core of healing from sexual violence.
Some survivors turn to peer-support initiatives to build connection and heal
Peer Support Booklet in Te Reo/English – (ePub):