The Mystic Cave

'The Secret Tribe': Social Activist Jan Handy on Recovering from Child Abuse

March 20, 2022 Brian E Pearson Season 2 Episode 18
The Mystic Cave
'The Secret Tribe': Social Activist Jan Handy on Recovering from Child Abuse
Show Notes

It is perhaps the ultimate betrayal, the abuse of a child by their own parent. It offends every ounce of decency within us, and hints at a darkness so horrible we don't want to hear about it, much less talk about it. Yet, talking about it is the way we will eradicate it. After over thirty years of working with victims and survivors, Jan Handy has written a beautiful and thoughtful book, titled, The Secret Tribe, about her own childhood abuse and about the "tribe" of abuse survivors who offer to each other a voice, a shoulder, and a sanctuary where they can share their recovery. As horrific as Jan's personal story is, it rings with truth and hopefulness. She found the strength to turn her pain into the healing that would help others. This is her story of resilience.

Jan's book:
The Secret Tribe, published by Friesen Press, 2018

You can contact Jan through me:
mysticcaveman53@gmail.com

Resources from the Government of Canada:
https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/cj-jp/fv-vf/ca-me.html
https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/childabuseandneglect/resources.html