Dorothy is one of eight women brought together through an art therapy group offered by Burnaby Family Life for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Through this group, she rediscovered a love of sculpture, which she now uses to help express, process and communicate her feelings.
She lost a career in health care while her relationships with her husband and daughter have been complicated by mood swings and anxiety. 20 years of keeping a secret of sexual abuse takes a heavy toll. Through Burnaby Family Life's educational and therapeutic group programs, she has learned that she is "more human, less helpless, with fewer limitations and more strengths" than she ever knew. She has learned that she need not die of shame, but instead can stop the cycle of violence that has existed in her family for generations.
Dorothy and the other participants in the art therapy group held a public show of their artwork, Images for Healing, and there is a continued interest in finding more venues in which to display their inspirational work.