LOVE IS LISTENING, TRUTH IS WHISPERING
The picture chilled my soul
Opening up the Toronto Star
It was the picture of the school
The windows were broken
The school was a haunted house
I thought I saw the ghostly shadows of the girls
I quickly closed the paper
The year was 1999
Breaking the silence
The year was 1991.
Two women were being treated by the same psychologist
They did not know each other, but their stories were similar
They had both suffered abuse at the Galt Training for girls.
The school was renamed The Grandview School for girls.
The psychologist introduced the girls to each other
This was the first crack in the silence
The women told their stories
They appeared on television urging other women to come forward
The Ontario Police services in Kitchener, Ontario began an invesitigation
1n 1999 then member of Parliament, Jim Flaherty
apologized on behalf of the Ontario Government
For the abuses suffered
I was included in that group.
My book - Outside the Gate details in dialogue and drama
My experience in the school
of assault and isolation
In January 2002, Fred Kauffman, Q.C., released the Kauffman Report.
"Many of the girls were subjected to physical, sexual, and psychological abuse by family members.
Some were orphans and some were from people too vulnerable to care for them.
Several students suffered from abuse that occurred during the mid-1960's to the 1970's.
/The Kauffman Report 2002
Truth of their stories
Call through the years
Revealing the shame
Revealing their tears.
Truth breaks the silence
exposing the violence
Love is listening
Truth is whispering
Through the silence
The children speak
Love does not break
The bruised reed.
"A bruised reed he will not break and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;
He will not falter or be discouraged
Until he establishes justice on earth."