OUR MISSION

We provide support for adults over the age of 18 who have experienced sexual abuse before the age of 18. Sexual abuse includes any acts related to physical or psychological manipulation or force in order to engage in physical acts of intimacy. We do not seek to individually define childhood sexual abuse. All persons who self-identify as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse are invited to use our resources. We want survivors to know that they are no longer healing alone once they find Talking Trees. Inc

OUR VALUES

Values of Talking Tree, Inc. are CARE. “C” stands for compassion, “A” for accountability, “R” for resilience and “E” for empowerment. These are the values that guide the organization and the values that we believe drive the healing process for survivors.

We offer compassion, not pity, for survivors. Compassion demonstrates our understanding of the challenges survivors face. We recognize the diversity of experience in victimization and the diversity of experience along the healing journey. We welcome all survivors.

Accountability means that serving adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse will remain our priority. Where much attention has been given to the prevention of child sex abuse, and adult rape survivors, our mission is to focus on adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

We serve with the resilience in which adult survivors live each day. We do what needs to be done to raise the relevant issues in the mainstream with compassion and understanding for adult survivors.

We serve with a sense of empowerment, knowing that we can make a difference in the lives of survivors and in the world. We seek to empower survivors to heal, professionals to adequately serve and society to put an end to stigmatizing survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

CHAMPIONING OUR CAUSE

We provide support for adults over the age of 18 who have experienced sexual abuse before the age of 18. Sexual abuse includes any acts related to physical or psychological manipulation or force in order to engage in physical acts of intimacy. We do not seek to individually define childhood sexual abuse. All persons who self-identify as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse are invited to use our resources. We want survivors to know that they are no longer healing alone once they find Talking Trees, Inc.

Helping survivors live openly is the way we champion our cause. For each survivor that lives openly, permission is granted for all others to do the same. Living openly means that survivors no longer deny or hide the fact that they have been sexually abused. They are willing to speak truth about the trauma of childhood sexual abuse from their personal experience. This may, or may not, include identifying their relationship to the perpetrator(s), age abuse started and ended, attempts or non-attempt to disclose and emotional experiences associated with the abuse.

Living openly does not require a breach of privacy around sexuality. Acknowledging that you are a survivor of childhood sexual abuse is enough to allow the shame of incest and the ugliness of sexual abuse to be redirected back at the perpetrators rather than remain lodged within survivors. Each survivor must choose their own time and way to walk the healing path openly. Survivors are not required to live openly to use the resources of Talking Trees, Inc.