Regrettable as the incidence of abuse is, there is a failure of both our public and private programs to adequately provide assistance to those who have been affected by such trauma.
In 1993, as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Ellen Campbell, President, CEO and Founder, brought together a group of caring individuals and formed what now is called the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness. In 2013, we are celebrating our 20th year anniversary with a variety of activities.
Martin Kruze was the first male survivor of the Maple Leaf Gardens tragedy to step forward and acknowledge the need for awareness around the horrific issue of abuse. In memory of Martin, the CCAA formed an alliance with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Shoppers Drug Mart and the Kruze Family and founded the Martin Kruze Memorial Fund, which continues to be in operation today, bringing hope to thousands of victims.The Martin Arnold Kruze Memorial Fund was incorporated into the Centre’s mandate after his tragic death. Martin was responsible for bringing the sexual abuse that took place at Maple Leaf Gardens to the public’s attention.
A report to the 1996 Canada-U.S. Women’s Health Forum estimated the economic cost of sexual and physical abuse to Canadian women and young girls alone at 4.2 billion dollars for that year. (In 2009 it was 15 Billion dollars) This does not account for the cost of male abuse at all.
In Canada, we bare these costs through our Health Care System and privately through insurance programs provided by employers and others.To address these issues, CCAA first offered workshops and national conferences under the Hope and Help banner. These events were attended by survivors of sexual abuse from all across the country as well as by professionals in social service.
Following national television coverage of our 1995 conference, the organization evolved into what is now the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness. Our goal is to help Canadians understand the detrimental role abuse plays in our society, while outlining the problems and costs of abuse as a personal issue for all Canadians.
Today, as a resource centre for Canadian community members, we provide awareness and prevention programs for men, women and children. We serve Canadians who are dealing personally with the impacts of abuse as well as those professionals who seek to provide assistance to those in need.
We believe that through public awareness, prevention and response programs, together, we can eradicate the cycle of abuse and truly make a difference for future generations.