Guadalupe, a single mom, lived with her three children in their apartment. She tried to provide her young ones with everything they needed, and spent as much time as possible being a caring mother. The children’s father had visitation with them every other weekend.
Lupe worked a night shift, and the father kept them during the evening hours, while she was at work. It seemed to work well for a period of time.
But her now ten-year-old daughter began having trouble at school. Her grades dropped, and she asked not to spend weekends with her father. Lupe talked with her daughter, and learned that her father had inappropriately touched her, and abused her sexually on two occasions. She was only eight years old.
Lupe went to a resource center to seek help for her daughter and was referred to the LSS Our Children Project in rural San Bernardino County. As a result of contacting the authorities, the father of the children was arrested, and he has been incarcerated since August 2018.
Lupe was happy to learn there was a group of other children who had also experienced sexual abuse, and that her daughter would be able to join their sessions. She was so relieved there was a group for parents and guardians, whose children had been molested. Lupe felt so alone before she turned to Our Children.
Our LSS therapists worked with Lupe, her daughter, and also her oldest son. The young girl sometimes wakes up at night, fearful that her dad will come and take her away. Lupe is learning more about the trauma her daughter experienced, which has made it easier for the two of them to talk more openly and honestly with one another. And, the son is beginning to learn how to accept and deal with what his father did to his younger sister.
Both Lupe and her daughter have learned, through group therapy, there is hope when they can gain access to the help they need. Our LSS VALUES are reflected in this awesome program in San Bernardino County that comes to the assistance of children who have been molested.