Campaign aims to help survivors of sexual abuse
Healing Through Hope and Humour (Triple H)
Healing through Hope and Humour (Triple H) was founded in July 2012 by Joyce, June and Paula Kavanagh with Marian Quinn. Following the successful launch of their number one bestselling biography ‘Click Click’ in Ireland on September 14th 2011 and the UK launch of the book in April 2012, the women were invited to undertake a series of talks to men and women in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK around their own personal experience of abuse and how they overcame its impacts.
‘Click Click’ detailed the Kavanagh Sisters abusive childhood in Ballyfermot, Dublin where the each were sexually, emotionally and physically abused by their father. The women, along with Marian Quinn, wrote a brutally frank and honest account of their experience which culminated in the successful prosecution of their father in the Irish courts in 1989.
The book differed from the other personal accounts of abusive experiences because ‘Click Click’ provides other survivors with real hope that it is possible to overcome these experiences. People connected with the women’s story as they spoke about it in both the Irish and British media with honesty and humour. It was following these media appearances that the women were contacted by various groups in Ireland and the UK who wanted them to share their story of healing and recovery with their members.
These groups were made up of practitioners working in the field of child protection, those working with abuse survivors as well as survivors themselves who were all eager to learn how they could assist in the healing processes from the women’s experience. The women’s unique style of honesty and humour in tackling such a serious subject empowers survivors to rid themselves of the shame they feel and carry around with them as a result of their abusive experiences and to place that shame firmly where it belongs, with their abusers.
This approach to dealing with abusive experiences is what Healing through Hope and Humour aims to brings to as wide an audience as possible. The women believe that as long as survivors continue to hold onto this shame their own healing and development will be stunted and survivors everywhere are then prevented from real recovery and reclaiming their lives.
One of the women's dreams for the future is to meet Oprah who has played a big role in their recovery.
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Eamonn Holmes presented the Kavanagh sisters with the 'Best Magazine Bravest Women of the Year Award' in London.