Wednesday Evening Open House for Individuals or Group Studio Visits

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Acknowleging heroes who have faced adversity,
and yet, have some much to give back
to family, friends and society.






Thousand of Children across Ontario contributed art work for the monument.

(13 seconds)

On the monument children's art and messages are permanently engraved in bronze.



(19 seconds)

It will help us help children.
Bill Bevan, Executive Director Children's Aid Society
Windsor Ontario



(55 seconds)

This monument has taught
me not to hide it and be
ashamed of what happened because it was not my fault.
Maple Leaf Gardens' survivor.



(36 seconds)

Through the monument
child abuse no longer
needs to be hidden.
Survivor Participant



(2 minutes; 10 seconds)

Encountering the Monument is
the single most healing and influential event of my life.


Dr. Irving has created with participation of child abuse survivors a bronze monument to acknowledge and validate childhood abuse victims. This monument honours the spirit and courage of participating survivors and empowers survivors to speak out. It has an extraordinary transformative impact on those who come in contact with it.

More than twenty years ago, as a psychotherapist, Dr. Irving was listening to stories of tragedies inflicted on small children. Beyond the role of being a good clinician these stories called out to the artist in him to take action using the power of art to bring about understanding and change. At the Viet Nam Wall in the fall of 1990 he hand an epiphany about how much that work of art helped America to heal from wounds that shared many traits common to child abuse - post traumatic stress disorder, vicarious trauma, distancing and denial.

Dr. Irving's epic "Reaching Out" monument incorporates the artistic contribution of 276 survivors of child abuse and their supporters through sculpted quilts. Measuring 11 feet tall by 30 feet wide, the bronze sculpture is a vignette of two figures with arms spread out and upward in victory and presence.

It is the first major Child Abuse Monument in the world and while it offers peace, solace and closure to some it also has great educational and awareness qualities to help prevent further abuse.

Dr. Irving worked long hours from 1996 to the present at this work. Repeatedly referred to as a masterpiece, it was made in collaboration with non-professional artists speaking from their heart and soul to heart and soul of others.

Participants collaborating with Dr. Irving have stated:

"When I imagine my sculpture up on the Monument I feel a great burden lift from my soul...I want the monument to enhance the ability of society to acknowledge the serious nature of abuse in a way that is transforming." Participating Survivor/Artist

"When I had an image of the Monument, I had a transformation wash over me. A shame left that I had never been able to get rid of. I felt empowered. The change has been permanent." J.R.

"I would like to see the Monument stand for a thousand years to let future generations know that the people of our time had a caring side. That we were aware of the suffering and tried to do something about it." Statement by Alice, age 11, to her mother after contributing a hand for the "Reaching Out" Visualization.

"Working in the Monument workshops reaffirmed the power of every survivor in the forms of courage, creativity, compassion and friendship found in our quilt squares. The Monument and all it stands for is a healing place. It is a place to rework personal trauma into a totally hopeful outcome." Participating Survivor/Artist

"The Monument is a symbol of blessing for my life. It is a benediction that my life is worthwhile." Barbara

"The sense of 'belonging' within the 'Project' is enormous. I have never felt so accepted and true to myself." Participating Survivor/Artist

"I can imagine the millions of people who will experience the Monument and leave touched in a very personal way. Directly and indirectly humanity will benefit from the powerful messages the Monument is expressing. We are reaching out to our world." Tracy

Words alone cannot express what is embodied in this project. According to Stephen a monument quilt square participant:

"Dr. Irving's self-sacrifice, undying perseverance and complete dedication at great financial, emotional and physical expense for over 12 years to this project has made him a hero in my, and others, eyes. Not only did he give up a successful career to pursue this vision he also suffered a heart attack last summer due to the stress. I will be forever grateful to him for his work.

For me personally, as well as many others I know, this project and Dr. Irving has given me great strength and a sense of closure to my own childhood abuse."


- About the Monument
- Monument Design
- Monument Rationale
- Endorsements for the Monument
- About Dr. Michael Irving
- Monument and Quilt Squares

Against child abuse.


While we may not know
every child. We must
know the importance of
each childhood.


Together we are stronger than alone.


There is absolutely no
excuse for any form
of abuse.
Your work is our
inspiration to continue
our work against
child abuse.


We can help too.
Kids helping kids.
Stop the abuse!
A kids hand helping
to stop another kid
from hurting.


Against Child Abuse.


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copyright (1991-2012)

Your Donations are Needed
to Bring the Child Abuse Monument Home from the Foundry

* Donations *
* Story of the Monument/Phases of the Project * Phase 1: Design * Phase II: Create * Phase III: Implement * Phase IV:Positioning *
* Monument Overview * Monument Project Organization * Project Story - Flash Movie *
* A Healing Monument * Monument as Social Action * A Gift for Allies in Healing *
* Artistic Director: Michael C. Irving, Ph.D. * Assisting Sculptors * Studio Visits *
* Monument Conception/Creation * Monument Sculpting * Casting the Bronze *
* Quilt Square Workshop Participants *
Heroes of the Monument * Facing Challenges * Monument Lessons * Monument Stories
* Self Care Activities for Survivors * Well Being * Creating Coping Lists * Meditation Gallery *
* Information on Child Abuse
* Types of Abuse * Impacts of Abuse * Responses to Abuse *
* Resource Links on Child Abuse *
* Survivor Monument Poetry and Quilt Square Books *
* Awareness Campaign * Research Forum * Cambridge Tour * DAS School *
Contribute a HandPrint Message for Placement Inside the Child Abuse Monument *
* Sponsorship as Healing * Sponsors * Local Sponsors * Sponsorship Opportunities *
* Unveiling *

*All Rights Reserved
copyright (1991-2012)