April 18, 2016 1:46 pm
Updated: April 18, 2016 8:30 pm

Be Brave Ranch cuts PTSD symptoms by 25% in child sexual abuse victims: clinical trials

WATCH ABOVE: The work being done at the Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch is making a big difference in the lives of kids, according to research out of the University of Alberta. Quinn Ohler has more.

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EDMONTON – Clinical trials confirmed the Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch has a significant positive impact on children who have suffered sexual abuse.

The results, published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Behaviour, show the Be Brave Ranch has a 25 per cent reduction in child post-traumatic stress disorder scores, a reduction in the number of children experiencing PTSD and a reduction in depression and anxiety.

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The trials also suggest children who participate in the facility’s program will have fewer mental health-related issues.

“With peer support, various therapies to reach different personalities, and full program immersion, we have seen significant impacts and growth,” Glori Meldrum, founder and chair of Little Warriors, said.

“Our clinical trial results confirm everything we have worked for and we are excited to continue helping children grow into happy, healthy adults.”

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The Be Brave Ranch is the only facility to offer intensive, dedicated and multi-modal treatment to child sexual abuse survivors between the ages of eight and 12. It provides child survivors the chance to get individual and group therapies in a residential environment, alongside other children who have experienced similar trauma.

“When I’m here I feel so safe,” a ranch graduate said.

“I remember, at first, not wanting to be here. Now, I don’t want to leave.”

“It’s like having a whole other family when I’m here,” the graduate added.

Children stay at the ranch for 28 days then return every three months for a total of 200 hours of treatment.

 

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