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Mon Sep 3, 2012, 09:57 PM

Hours from Penn State, children's charity shows new way to heal

I just read this email-link from a friend of mine, and thought y'all would like to read it, too. Here's the main article, first, and then his site (for friendly exposure )

Hours from Penn State, children's charity shows new way to heal

Sun, Sep 2, 2012 6:30 PM EDT

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. Penn State is trying desperately to move on from its past, with a new season, a new coach and new leaders in a new administration. But while the school had a nationally televised opportunity to start a "new chapter" on Saturday in Happy Valley, there was true healing being done only a half-day's drive away. On a farm in the small town of Lake Ariel, not far from Scranton, Saturday morning meant another chance for victims of child abuse to feel better.

Strawberry is the horse that bonded with one victim and helped launch Marley's Mission. (Special to Y! Sports)
There are no victims of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky there, as they are all adults now, but the novel approach taken at a place called Marley's Mission is a rare insight into how abuse victims begin to recover from the most horrible of suffering. And although it's correct to say nothing good came out of the scandal involving Sandusky, the subsequent attention drawn to places like Marley's Mission may turn out to save kids who might otherwise have nowhere to turn.

The story begins with tragedy. In July 2009, a 5-year-old girl was brutally attacked in her home by a complete stranger. The man had attended a family picnic, introducing himself as the friend of a family friend, and he entered the girl's room after she had gone to sleep. Then he savagely raped the little girl, leaving her with her severe injuries. Her parents, completely distraught, took their daughter, left their home and never came back. The rapist, named Felix Montoya, was eventually sent to prison. But the girl's fate was potentially much worse.

Her parents tried intensive therapy of all kinds talk therapy, art therapy, everything. Nothing worked. Even the best psychologists have trouble getting children to describe their feelings, especially when those feelings are so unbearable. So the therapist of this little girl, a woman named Ann Cook, began to think of other ways to get her to share her feelings. The girl loved a guinea pig, named Marley. And that led to another idea that changed not only the girl's life, but the lives of more than 160 other victims.

(more at linked headline)

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Tue Sep 4, 2012, 12:01 AM

1. Thanks kentaurus

what an inspiring article.

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Tue Sep 4, 2012, 12:31 PM

2. Thank you :)

I thought it was a great story and appropriate for us here

I'm glad my friend shared it on his blog.

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