It will soon be a place where children affected by sexual abuse – and their families – can heal, process their trauma, and receive treatment. There will be no other place like Be Brave Ranch in Canada. Children and adults from across the country who are victims of child sexual abuse will have access to the Be Brave Ranch.
“I think that it’s going to really change a lot of children and how they’re going to grow up,” says Christine, who turned to prostitution after being sexually abused for years, beginning when she was just four years old.
“If I was in that centre, it probably would have helped me, help me speak up, be aware that this isn’t right you know, this should have never happened to me, this should never happen to anybody.”
Little Warriors has raised more than $600,000 for the Ranch, but they still need another $3 million to establish the Be Brave Ranch facility.
Individuals will be assessed by registered psychologists and treatment will be based on these assessments. All of the components of the treatment plan will be available at the Ranch, including Equine Therapy, Stress Reduction Exercises, EMDR, Expressive Arts Therapy, Biofeedback Movement Therapy, Play Therapy, Individual Counselling, and Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT).
“You can’t heal something as dark as child sexual abuse by a couple of counseling appointments,” says Glori Meldrum of Little Warriors.
The Be Brave Ranch will provide a safe place for affected children to heal, a place for their families to deal with their emotions of grief, guilt and anger. Adult survivors will be provided a healing program.
“Right now, the offenders get out of jail and they go to 3 centres in Edmonton alone to get rehabilitated. So where do the kids go?” asks Meldrum.
Little Warriors has found a home for the future Be Brave Ranch.The facility will encompass 30 acres adjacent to a 40 acre environmental reserve. It will have a number of amenities, including a conference room, solarium dining room, fireplace lounge, modern library, 40 private bedrooms, two horses and a stable, and hiking trails on the Raven River.
The Be Brave Ranch is being described as the true culmination of the Little Warriors’ mission.
1 in 3 girls will experience an unwanted act, the average age being 12. 1 in 6 boys will experience an unwanted sexual act, his average age being 4. 95% of these girls and boys will know their perpetrator.