For change to endure people must transform themselves. They must stop feeling powerless and start taking responsibility for their actions. Victims need to stop feeling hopeless about their future, and start seeing better possibilities within their grasp. At Sacred Innocence we believe that personal resiliency, perseverance, and a positive sense of self that participants will acquire through the Sacred Innocence Empowerment Program is the most important factor in their success in the program, at work, and in life. When a victim of sexual abuse regains their worth, knows how to protect themselves and children from further sexual abuse or abuse of any form, they contribute to strengthening family values and help themselves and their children become contributing members of society.
Without the skills on how to overcome the past, and how to stop the abuse from continuing victims will remain stuck. Why do some of the people stay stuck while others overcome? When a person experiences sexual abuse in the family by a family member, distant relative, etc. a culture can emerge that typically produces a damaged sense of self-worth that is combined with a feeling of entitlement. “I’m a powerless victim, someone else is responsible for my pain and owes me.”
Every 8 Minutes there is a reported case of sexual abuse.
The most harmful of all is the sense of hopelessness that accompanies this mindset. If there is no hope why take action. But those who don’t take determined action to rise above abuse won’t do so. In developing our purpose and mission, it became clear that we needed to address multigenerational family sexual abuse and come up with something that produces better results than exists now.