What do you do when your life is suddenly shattered and your family is broken from issues of child sexual abuse?
You could hide in the silence of shame and unspeakable grief–or you could refuse to allow devastation to hold you back from turning your brokenness into information and protection for other children and other families.
The latter is what Diane Roblin-Lee chose to do.
Turning Heartbreak into Awareness and Protection
Diane has broken the silence in which predators hide and shares her extensive research in the field of child sexual abuse in her book, Predators Live Among Us and her series of eight booklets on the topic. (See left-hand side panel.) Her passion for the strengthening of families, protection of children, prevention of abuse and restoration for broken people, is presently channeled through her work with Winning Kids Inc.® / Plan to Protect® and the Heart to Heart Marriage and Family Institute and her association with
Kelita and the Restorative Justice community.
As you scroll down the page, you will find information and contact links to assist families to prevent the devastation of abuse or assist in its healing.
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Releasing the Deep Dark Secret
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Interview with Kelita
Watching Kelita perform with beauty, confidence and outstanding gifting, one would never imagine that her childhood was fraught with sexual abuse and trauma. Rather than allowing her pain to solidify into bitterness, she allowed her soul to take wings with the desire to sing and perform. Deeply wounded after her father’s suicide, she wrote her first song when she was 11, instinctively acknowledging her very special gift from God.
Then at age 14, shortly before her mother’s death from cancer, she solidified her commitment to her faith. Two years later her half brother, the perpetrator of her childhood sexual abuse, died from a heroin overdose. At 18, she finally escaped from her wicked stepfather. For years, Kelita hid behind the masks that veiled the deep dark secrets of her life, riddled by shame, guilt, fear and self doubt. Finally, through her relationship with Jesus, she was able to release the dark secrets and experience total healing.
Now, through her music and speaking, Kelita encourages and helps others to release their dark secrets and free themselves from the darkness of their lives.
Eileen Henderson, Restorative Justice Co-ordinator of the Mennonite Central Committee of Ontario, gave generously of her time in helping me to understand the work of Restorative Justice. According to her, it is a way of looking at crime and brokenness in our communities that asks 3 questions:
1) Who has been hurt
2) What are their needs
3) Who is responsible to begin to make things as right as possible.
These are not simple questions, and the answers and solutions are not always easy or quick.
Unlike our criminal justice system which is driven by what laws have been broken, who will be charged and what punishment will be handed out, restorative justice is driven by what relationships have been broken and the needs of all those who have been impacted by the action that has occurred. This includes not only the offender and the direct victim, but also includes other members of the community, including family and friends who may have been impacted in some way. Restorative Justice asks that harms be acknowledged, damages repaired, dignity established and offers hope of integration for all those who have experienced harm and alienation.
Restorative justice is not a replacement of our justice system, although restorative approaches have been used as part of our criminal justice process.
Restorative Justice is not about forgiveness, although that may occur.
Restorative justice is about addressing needs and working along side individuals and communities so that they are not isolated and alone.
Restorative justice is about offender accountability and asks that the individual who has committed the crime begin to repair the harm that has been done. We know that there are many instances where the repairing of harm on an even basis can not be done. When a life is taken, or innocence is destroyed, there is never an equal repayment. However, there are other ways that can be initiated that will enable a person to begin to give back in ways that can benefit the larger community and ensure the safety of those who have experienced victimization.
Restorative justice values all people and is needed not only in our criminal justice system, but in our homes, schools, churches and workplace
Changing Lenses: Howard Zehr
The Little Book of Restorative Justice: Howard Zehr
The Little Book of Restorative Justice for People in Prison: Barb Toews
The Little Book of Biblical Justice: Chris Marshall
To speak with Eileen, call 905-464-3940.
Heart to Heart Marriage and Family Institute
Everything begins with the family - the basic institution of society. As a general rule, strong marriages and strong families build strong individuals who are better equipped to withstand the storms of life. When a developing child absorbs healthy values, he or she is less likely to develop deviant behaviours, sparing countless people the results that would overwise have ensued.
Heart to Heart Marriage and Family Institute is committed to the mission of training marriage trainers and providing marriage education classes and curriculum across Canada. Their vision is to see churches and communities respond to the challenge to provide the resources needed to strengthen and restore marriages and build a strong foundation for all newly wed couples. They believe marriage education is essential for the church community to deal with the pain and suffering that comes from broken marriages and families by providing the care, compassion, understanding and grace to help marriages move forward.
For family support, speaking engagements and family and marriage training, contact David & Wende Butcher at the Heart to Heart Marriage and Family Institute.