May 31, 2017
Faith and Love
Growing up as a woman in the seventies was difficult, as resources for women were scarce and victim-blaming was widely used to rationalize and justify men’s acts of violence against women. For Patricia, it was initially challenging to seek support for the abuse she had faced as a young girl.
Since 1996, she has gained the vital support and comfort she needed at Surrey Women’s Centre as a long-time visitor and friend.
Several years later, her inspiring story of bravery and courage was featured as the cover story for the Surrey Leader. In 2010 following the news story, she made the difficult but empowering decision to move forward with criminal charges against her abuser. At the time she was also a participant of the Surrey Women’s Centre’s Faces of Courage campaign, but because of the impending trial, her identity could not be revealed to the public.
Fast forward to today, Patricia is still going strong, motivated by the desire to have her story positively impact other young women’s lives.
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