The following perspective is an excerpt from The Wonder Walls: From the Streets of Toronto. James Buffin is child sexual abuse survivor and advocate who shares his story through cinematography. The Wonder Walls brings together 10-unique perspectives from remarkable people who have used positive solutions to overcome life’s challenges. It also features 44-inspirational message postcards that showcase the walls of this culturally diverse city. The 8isGreat platform encourages you to choose which of our empowerment partnership organizations you want a part of our proceeds to benefit. To read more about this perspective story or to order your copy, please visit www.gobegreetings.com.
I make films because it’s the best way I know how to tell empowering stories. My last film, Jingle Dress – First Dance took ten years to make and debuted at the final Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings. It’s a story about three generations of Cree women healing from Residential School trauma. As a non-first nations person, it was an honour to be trusted to be their witness. That process opened up new possibilities for my own healing path from child sex abuse.
I’m not stupid and I’m not lazy but I lived with the impact of child sex abuse for over 30 years without knowing what it was. The reason is simple. I wasn’t educated. So now I’m making a film about my own recovery, Picking Trauma’s Pocket. All the way from making a police report 30 years overdue through to being an advocate, working internationally.
As a way of paying it forward I’ve produced a video blog, interviewing empowered survivors of child sex abuse. To help educate, you can see it here at http://www.ptpthefilm.com/video-blog/.