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Apr 16, 2014

Youth Voices – In Their Own Words

Residents of the Cordero residential program are asked to write an empathy letter as part of their treatment and rehabilitative services. One anonymous youth was willing to share his letter, providing a glimpse into the hearts and minds of the young men we serve.


Dear Victims of Abuse;

I am a trauma survivor myself. I know that times get hard when you get offended and/or abused. I felt this way many times in my life. I chose to tell the story when I should not have had to. I know that you might not want to share the abuse, but this will help you start the process of healing. It feels horrible and sad knowing that you are carrying a secret and burden that you should not have to carry. Some feelings behind this are self-blame because you, the victim, want to have a sense of knowing who to blame. In reality there is only one person to blame, which is the perpetrator. I know that it is hard to believe, but when you talk about what happened to you the road to becoming a survivor is easier. When you do not talk about what is going on with you, the effects of all the abuse will get stronger on the inside of yourself. Then your emotions come out sideways. Do not let the abuse ruin your life. Control the outcome by talking about the abuse.

Sincerely,
A Survivor



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Jan 29, 2019
Employee Spotlight - Krista Wilson

Krista Wilson has been a dedicated Youth Care Specialist at Oak Bridge Youth Shelter in Washington for three and a half years. Oak Bridge Youth Shelter provides 24-hour crisis intervention and emergency shelter with services accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week for youth ages 9-17. When discussing what motivates her Krista says “making kids laugh. Even in times of heartache, you can always get a better perspective on life when you laugh.”

Jan 22, 2019
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Robin Miller, a Case Manager in our Washington Program, was 21 years old when she was sexually exploited. “In 1993, I was trafficked from a club in Portland up and down the West Coast and in six states.” It took me six years to finally get the courage to leave my trafficker in 1999, but healing from the abuse took more than a decade more, in part, because there was no coordinated system of care available to support survivors,” she said. Robin gave this testimony before the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners last year. Once again, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners adopted a proclamation on January 17, 2019 recognizing January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Multnomah County.

Jan 15, 2019
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