Oct. 19, 2017, 9:10 a.m.
In the recent past, the community of Kaitaia was rocked by a speight of scandals surrounding sexual abuse. Yet sexual abuse is an affliction in every community, culture, age and gender. One in four females and one in eight males will experience some form of sexual abuse in their lifetime and only a few will come forward and speak out about it.
Ciaran Torrington and members of the Business & Professional Women in Kaitaia (BPW) started the One in 4 campaign. The aim of the One in 4 campain is to reach out and help support victims and survivors of sexual abuse. Ciaran herself is a survivor of sexual abuse and is actively working as a counsellor/therapist and social worker for those suffering the trauma of being a victim of sexual abuse.
Last year, Ciaran felt the need to take the One in 4 campaign a step further joining with local Senior Constable Rowena Jones, and with the help of BPW Kaitaia, the Far North Safer Community Council, and Building Safer Communities, Ciaran and Rowena formed Indigo House - Te Wairua O Tika. Indigo House provides services for victims and survivors such as counselling sessions, social worker support, whanau counselling sessions to enable support within the family through the healing process and also offers support from a fully qualified therapist.
For more information or to contact Indigo House their website is indigohouse.co.nz or message on Facebook @indigohousenz