Tonight's special guest is James Buffin from Toronto, Ontario, who says, "I just joined this amazing group and am writing to introduce myself. After experiencing some horrific sexual abuse and betrayal by a caregiver as a pre-teen I lived a fragmented alienated existence for over 30 years. Because I was uneducated about the long-term impact of child sex abuse, I had no idea that the problems I carried were actually symptoms of the abuse." He goes on, "Five years ago I began a remarkable healing journey. One of the major areas I was blocked was career. All I ever wanted was to be a filmmaker. So, I began filming my own recovery. Given the prolific feelings of release I've experienced with the support of an amazing community in Toronto at a place the runs peer facilitated programs, The Gatehouse, I also wanted to give something back. So I made a video blog featuring empowered survivors." James hopes it will help others. It is used in the programming at The Gatehouse and also the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, one of Canada's top mental health organizations. He notes that one of the videos he's most proud of is the Special Episode about the Blue Ribbon March in Bolivia (scroll down, it's between episodes 12 and 13). "I hope you find the episodes useful," James says, "and welcome comments and feedback." Write him at: email@example.com.
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