Hey Guy's, thanks to everyone for the well wishes and well, mission accomplished. Everything went great. It was a far more diversified group than I was expecting, Childrens aid was there, lots of care workers, government, a couple DA's and of course lots of police. My worries about the police was so unfounded. The guy that picked me up was great, he was so nice and friendly, I think he was a little more nervous than I was, I don't think he stopped talking for 10 minutes after he picked me up lol. As per Brian's advice though I made him laugh a few times and the conversation in went great. He was an investigator for the SA unit and I was so impressed with his empathy and caring, just an all around great guy.
It started out slow but after the boring "what we do" stuff was done, we got into questions from the audience and it picked up steam pretty quick. They were engaged and genuinely interested and I was also impressed with the range of questions, seemed like there was a lot of understanding about the issues and the questions were very in-depth. What you'd expect from people who work with survivors but don't quite have the understanding of exactly what is going on with us. Impressive.
Here's a question we got from a DA, he was trying a case and the victim had a recovered memory on the stand under cross examination, he told what the recovered memory was and then broke down on the stand. The DA said it hurt the case because this was not info that had been provided before trial and it was called into question why the victim had not revealed the info before trial. The DA wanted to know if this was common to have these memories just pop up out of no where. We answered him as best we could, yes of course to us this makes perfect sense but I can see how the "system" doesn't get what is going on.
I've been thinking about that one quite a bit, it was easy to tell him yes this can happen, I'm just not sure how easy it will be to get an entire system to accept and understand that this just might happen with these cases.
Anyway, food for thought eh.
So all's good, our message got out to a ton of care workers in March and now another part of the circle of those who deal with our issues have had a chance to hear it from survivor's. Feeling pretty good today
So, for the second time in a year our group got a standing O, and I got a pen and a mug
Thanks for the support guy's, love it.