Story Topic: Victim / Survivor

Dave Dineen (Ireland)

Photo by Brian Moody Dave Dineen first encountered sexual abuse at the age of seven. Through a stormy childhood he found himself placed in the care of a religious institution in Cork. His healing journey has been about learning to live with a difficult past. He is the CEO and Founder of LÁMH Healing Foundation… more

Shad Ali (England)

Photograph by Brian Moody Shad Ali, an ex-social worker, is a British Pakistani who has lived and worked in Nottingham all his life. In July 2008 he was attacked when he came to the rescue of two Pakistani women who were being racially abused by a passing pedestrian. Six years later Shad met his attacker… more

Victoria Ruvolo (USA)

On a cold night in November 12, 2004 six teenagers in Ronkonkoma, New York bought a 20 pound turkey with a stolen credit card. While driving on Sunrise Highway, 18 year-old Ryan Cushing threw the frozen bird out the back window just for a thrill. The turkey hit Victoria Ruvolo’s car, shattering the windshield and… more

Geoff Thompson (England)

Photo by Steve Ullathorne Geoff Thompson grew up in working-class Coventry. At the age of twelve he was abused by an adult he trusted.  The incident shattered his self-esteem and led to a decade of violence.  He has since become a martial arts instructor, teacher and author of over 34 books.  The short film Romans… more

Mark Henderson (Colombia)

Photography – Brian Moody In 2003 film-maker Mark Henderson was trekking in the Colombian jungle with a  group of foreign tourists when he was taken hostage by the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN), a Colombian Marxist group. Two of the hostages were released early, but Mark, along with four Israelis, were held for a total… more

Lorenn Walker (Hawaii)

Photography by Timothy Pinault Lorenn Walker JD, MPH, is a Hawai’i-based health educator with extensive legal and social service experience. In 1976 she was brutally attacked while on holiday in Waikiki Hawai’i.  The trauma of the attack began a lifelong path of healing. You can find further information at I was visiting my sister for… more

Susie Lomax (New Zealand)

Photography Brian Moody Susie Lomax was living in Wellington, New Zealand in the mid 1990s, when two young men broke into her car.  Following the incident, a Family Group Conference was set up between her and one of those responsible.   For the young man it was a chance to put his past behind him, for… more

Denise Rhodes (England)

At midnight on 14th March 2004 Denise Rhodes was walking home with a friend in North London when she saw a young man breaking and entering into the top floor window of a three-storey block of flats. A woman in her eighties could be seen at an adjacent window, screaming for help. Denise gained access… more

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