|| The Lamplighter Movement
An International Movement for Incest and Child Sexual Abuse Recovery
by Bill Murray
At NAASCA we can easily recommend the work of
Margie McKinnon, the founder of The Lamplighter Movement, an international movement for incest and child sexual abuse recovery. She's author of several books, including "REPAIR Your Life: A Program for Recovery from Incest & Childhood Sexual Abuse."
Margie appeared recently on one of our "Stop Child Abuse Now" Internet-based talk radio show, now available for on-demand listening.
The name of the "REPAIR" program is an acronym that stands for the stages of the program: Recognition, Entry, Process, Awareness, Insight and Rhythm (see the info further below).
"When I was in incest recovery," Ms. McKinnon writes, "living in a women's shelter, married to my third abuser, suicidal, and fumbling my way in the dark, I thought, If only I had a Lamplighter, someone who would show me the way.'" From that, the dream of the Lamplighter Movement was born.
The Lamplighter Movement is growing fast, and now has 83 chapters internationally in 13 countries.
Starting a chapter is easy, as is running meetings.
Ms. McKinnon writes, "While I highly recommend it as a successful model to help you through recovery, it is not necessary to own the book REPAIR or be working the program to start a Lamplighter Chapter of your own. This website is primarily to encourage the formation of Lamplighter Chapters.
No qualifications needed other than a sincere desire to be supportive of child sexual abuse victims who are trying to recover and a commitment to follow The Code of The Lamplighters."
Here's the The Lamplighter Movement Facilitators Guide (pdf file).
Margie also says, "My program, REPAIR , is the result of several years of note-taking, journalizing, meditation, and piecing together parts of my own life, as well as conversations with other incest survivors across the country. As I worked my way through recovery, I kept notes in anticipation that someday what I was learning might help others. When I began this book, I re-read my own first-person account, Let Me Hurt You and Don't Cry Out , to re-walk the path I had taken. I never realized at the time how blessed I was, for that path, although rugged, was straight, and in retrospect provided me with invaluable help to create this program
When I began the outline for the program, I knew that it cried out for a title that aptly described what needed to be done. Repair was the first word that came to my mind. It literally means to restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken; to restore to a sound or healthy state. What better word describes our goal in the case of childhood sexual abuse?"
The REPAIR Program
Work the REPAIR Program! It will change your life!
Every victim of childhood sexual abuse deserves the right to live a healthy and joyful life. Repair is an educational program designed to provide tools to achieve that goal in a sensitive, non-judgmental and caring environment.
R.E.P.A.I.R. is an acronym that stands for the stages of the program ..
Recognition Recognizing and accepting that your adult problems stem from childhood sexual abuse.
Entry Entering a program of commitment to change your life for the better.
Process Learning tools and techniques that will enable you to become healthy.
Awareness The coming together of reality as you gather the pieces of the broken puzzle your life became, and begin assembling them to see the complete picture.
Insight Seeing the complete picture and beginning to return to that which you were prior to being sexually violated.
Rhythm Developing the natural rhythm you had before the abuse happened, the blueprint that is the essence of your true nature, becoming who you really are.
For questions, email Marjorie at: email@example.com