When Maria Catroppa’s life was taken at the hands of her second husband in 2009, her family was devastated by the tragedy. Throughout most of her life, “Nana” has fought many obstacles and challenges as an immigrant and single mother of four children living in Vancouver. Against all odds, she has always displayed love, strength, and resilience to all those that have known her.
As a survivor of a traumatic assault abroad, Kathleen’s experience can resonate with many travellers. While seeking support from Surrey Women’s Centre, other forms of trauma were unearthed that she'd suppressed throughout her life. But her inner resilient spirit gave her the strength she needed to face the hard truths of her past.
Adopted from a young age, Elfie often felt out of place growing up within her family and community. Having suffered through years of abuse from the people closest to her, Elfie found the strength to break free and move towards a path of healing and reconciliation.
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.
Jamais Cascio once said that: “Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. The goal of resilience is to thrive.”
Elishia’s story of courage and resilience fuels her artistic movement designed to shed light on taboo topics and issues. This year, she is focused on the launch of her RESILIENCE iAM Gala. The theme of this black tie event will be the promotion of human equality and the campaign to end violence against women.
During the aftermath of her assault, Anna was overwhelmed with feelings of confusion and uncertainty as she embarked on the road to recovery. Despite how difficult it can be, a major aspect of her healing process began when she confided in someone she trusted about her assault. Anna’s act of resistance in overcoming her traumatic experiences involved reflecting and sharing her story against sexual violence.
Moving Forward is the theme of this year's National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, taking place across Canada from April 22 to 28, 2012. Activities across the country will focus on raising awareness of services available to victims of crime in Canada.
Surrey Women’s Centre will commemorate the week by sharing stories of courage and change from the perspective of a diverse group of women. Each day we will feature a face of courage – a personal snapshot into one woman’s healing journey after escaping violence.