Andy Bhatti is the founder of Survivors Supporting Survivors, a non profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and resources for survivors of childhood victimization. Through our charity events and public awareness campaigns, our goal is to raise funds for agencies across Canada which provide services for men and women who have been victims of child abuse and/or sexual violence. 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys will be sexually abused before the age of 16.
Our goal is to support survivors of any form of abuse, whether it be mental, physical, or sexual. We believe anybody is capable of overcoming any childhood trauma or life-changing experience with the support from other survivors and professional help. We believe that letting survivors know that they are not alone will help them gain freedom from the pain, suffering, guilt, and shame that many survivors live with, and help them move forward in their lives.
As a survivor of childhood victimization himself, Andy was inspired by Men of Hope founder Lee Ferrill a couple of 5 years ago and would like to thank Lee in his continual effort to raise awareness for both male and female survivors. His passion and dedication makes him a strong advocate for survivors of sexual abuse.
Andy is currently nine years clean from heroin and cocaine after dealing with his addiction. He is now a certified substance abuse worker and recovery coach. Andy Bhatti has had the opportunity to work with many recovering drug addicts and survivors. He has education in substance abuse and as a crisis intervention specialist, and is currently a addiction intervention specialist. Andy is also a certified sexual abuse prevention facilitator registered with Darkness to Light, in the Stewards of Children program.
Andy Bhatti has raised awarness on childhood sexual abuse all across Canada. Andy Rode his bike across British Columbia and Newfoundland. To help raise awarness on childhood sexual abuse and on awarness on survivors of sexual abuse living with drug and alcohol issues.
Andy Bhatti being a "Survivor of Childood Sexual Abuse". Was very grateful to be choosen to speak at the First Child Advocatcy Confrence in Surrey British Columbia in 2015
Andy Bhatti is a big supporter of Sophie’s Place Child Advocacy center.
SOPHIE’S PLACE is the result of significant collaboration between the Surrey RCMP, Ministry of Children and Family Development, City of Surrey, Ministry of Justice Victim Services and Crime Prevention, and The Centre for Child Development.
SOPHIE’S PLACE enables the collaborating agencies to respond to child abuse in a compassionate and highly integrated manner.
“Sophie’s Place is a safe, friendly and welcoming place for children and youth who report sexual or physical abuse”.
Sophie’s Place is a child advocacy centre focussed on providing specialized services to physically, mentally or sexually abused children up to age 18 in a child-friendly setting.
Sophie’s place provides an opportunity to participate in the safeguarding of our children and in playing a key role in their healing process.
Sophie’s Place Child Advocacy center is named for the centre’s patron Sophie Tweed-Simmons.
Donations to Support Sophie’s Place can be made at www.cdfbc.ca
80% of abusers are known to their child victims.
More than 90% of child abuse cases are unreported.
1 out of every 3 female children and 1 out of every 5 male children in Canada will experience an unwanted sexual act before they reach adulthood.
It is estimated that children with disabilities are 4 to 10 times more vulnerable to sexual abuse than their non-disabled peers.
Courage To Come Back: Andy Bhatti makes it his life’s work to help young victims of sex abuse.
Article By Susan Lazaruk