By Steve LeBlanc Independent Free Press
Thursday, November 30, 2023
As the Ironwood Project nears its fifth anniversary, Chris Kirby sees a lot of positives.
The childhood sexual abuse survivors group he founded in February 2019 has helped upward of 60 people — surpassing initial expectations. It has a committed corporate sponsor in Sugar Estate Media, was the latest recipient of a donation from 100 Women Who Care Halton Hills, has worked with the Halton Regional Police Services’ victim services unit and recently found a new location for its meetings.
However, one shortcoming remains.
“We’re failing men,” said the Ironwood Project director, noting that of all the participants who’ve walked into his organization’s meetings, only four have been men. This is despite studies that show one in six boys (compared to one in three girls) experience childhood sexual abuse before the age of 18. “We’re (society) just too accepting that men in particular just don’t talk about this. We need to push back against that.”
As of January 2024 The Ironwood Project will be hosting a weekly Women's Group, a weekly Men's Group, a weekly Co-ed Group and a monthly Supporters Group. Looking forward to 2024.
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