My vision for Canine Perspective CIC is that people who have experienced rape and/or sexual violence are empowered to lead if they choose to do so. As survivors, we have experience that we would never have asked for but we thrive, not in spite of it but BECAUSE of it. My vision isn’t one of pity or shame; it’s one of bravery, of pride, of true authenticity. Survivors of rape and sexual violence have an indefinable level of resilience. Canine Perspective CIC enables people to embrace that resilience, understand it and transcend the outdated narrative that is all too common when talking about this subject.
We welcome those who know that their experience, their story, their actions, can change the world for the better. Society will change through leadership in action. It will become kinder, safer and a place where true strength and courage is nurtured and celebrated.
Rape and sexual violence is something that transcends age, sex, ethnic background and socioeconomic status. It can have significant effects on every aspect of a person; their mind, their body, their behaviour, thoughts and feelings. The way in which it is discussed, perceived and considered compounds the challenges faced by survivors. The language and discourse around the effects of sexual violence continue to impact survivors in a unique way. Challenging this is controversial but it has to happen for a true shift in mindset to take place. Survivors are best placed to challenge this.
We’re creating change by learning with and from rescue dogs. Everything we stand for has to come with an associated action, in the same way that we work with dogs; every cue has to have an associated action! Change happens when individuals begin to behave differently. Change happens as a result of action. We can’t change people’s behaviour. We can provide the tools for people to change their own behaviour and inspire them to do so.Marie Yates