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. Following the successful launch of our number one bestselling biography ‘Click Click’ in Ireland on September 14th 2011 and the UK launch of the book in April 2012, we were invited to undertake a series of talks to men and women in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK around our own personal experience of abuse and how we overcame its impacts.
‘Click Click’ detailed our abusive childhood in Ballyfermot, Dublin where we each were sexually, emotionally and physically abused by our father. We wrote a brutally frank and honest account of our experience which culminated in the successful prosecution of our 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 our story as we spoke about it in both the Irish and British media with honesty and humour. It was following these media appearances that we were contacted by various groups in Ireland and the UK who wanted us to share our 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 our experience. Our 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. We 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 our dreams for the future is to meet Oprah who has played a big role in our recovery.
We would say that the claims Father Grace made in relations to his understanding about a paedophile going to confessional because they are at a crossroad and or coming out of an evil place, is an incredible ignorant assumption.
They also need to understand how the majority of abusers use religion to threaten, coerce, and terrorise their child victims. Many abuser uses religion to build the child’s dependency, to implant themselves into the families of their victims, and infiltrate the communities in which they live.
It is vital that all religious instructors understand how impactful and commonplace it is for abusers to use religious instruction as a means to control and intimidate the child, and how as a direct result of this religious instruction the child is further compelled to take ownership and responsibility for what is being done to them.