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June 22, 2015

A S.M.A.R.T Start

 


Allison opens up about her story of transformation.

 

Editor: Vicky Chen

 

As a support worker, I’ve sat across from myself many times at the hospital. I remember my own story, and how I’ve helped other women share theirs.

 

When I first came to Surrey Women’s Centre, I had just been sexually assaulted after a work Christmas party. I’d gone my whole life braving my battles alone, and I thought I had to do it again.

 

Then I met Donna. She reminded me that what happened to me wasn’t my fault. That nobody had the right to do what he did to me. I don’t remember her exact words, but I remember how she made me feel - that I wasn’t alone.

 

Now, I’m a support worker at Surrey Women’s Centre. The support I was given continues in the work I do for others. Did I know I was going to end up here? No, but looking back, I know this is where I'm meant to be. By chance, someone at Surrey Women’s Centre told me about a position that had opened up. So I applied. I thought it seemed like a good fit... like a language that I already spoke.

 

I know that when I am working with a woman, she is the one controlling the outcome of her life. I’m just there to support her and all of her choices. I want every woman to know that the pain is only a chapter in her story, and she will grow beyond that.

 

And that’s where I come in - as part of the same S.M.A.R.T team that stayed by my side after the assault. I stay by hers as she receives medical care at the hospital, and I am there when she leaves and has to make decisions about her future and health. I am there to remind her that she isn’t alone.

 

 

 

 


 

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