On Saturday January 11th, in the afternoon, we were invited to join Mark in Brackendale, on the banks of the Squamish River, to a celebrate a send-off for his motorcycle trip to help survivors of sexual abuse live their dreams.
“Brackendale is the winter home of more than 1000 bald eagles, a powerful place of soaring birds and a great place to start a hopeful journey like this. In 2014, I am riding my motorbike on a cross-country tour to meet other childhood sexual abuse survivors. Along the way, I hope to help some of my fellow survivors tell your stories (with your informed consent), to produce an amazing video series, and to raise awareness of both the enormous cost of childhood sexual abuse and the potential all of us have to rise triumphantly out of our difficult past.
As I live my dream of motorcycle travel, I want to help other survivors live your dreams, and to move from fear, shame and hiding to the life you’re truly capable of. I want to help you rise again.
My trip begins in January, 2014 as I travel from my home in Vancouver, BC, Canada down the West Coast of the US and into Southern California and Arizona, meeting survivors along the way.” -Mark Riser
For more information, please visit Made to soar.
Made to Soar will be a groundbreaking project that:
- Tells the amazing stories of childhood sexual abuse survivors and their recovery, through a brilliant video series
- Asks survivors to dream big
- Gathers support for their dreams and adventures
- Helps them realize them
- and Goes along for the ride
- Documenting the journey and inspiring others with the stories of courageous people!
- Raise public awareness of childhood sexual abuse, its staggering costs, and the enormous potential for healing that we all have.
- Shift focus from silence, shame and blame to healing, education and shared responsibility.
Good luck Mark! We’re supporting you all the way!
Jan 22, 2014: Mark is currently in sunny Sacramento with Alejandro (a survivor of sexual abuse), and they have begun this amazing photographic journey of him living his dream. In Alejandro’s words, “I’ve seen so much ugliness in the world. Now I want to see and capture the beauty through photography.” Watch Mark’s video here (Episode 1).