Omar remembers returning to Toronto and calling both his parents, every relative and even distant family friends. Nobody answered. He panicked and sank into despair, even considering ending his life. He had nowhere to go. He spent a long time thinking at a downtown subway station before finally realizing there was nothing left to do [...]
When Marissa was 16, her mother’s boyfriend tried to make a pass at her. Her mother did not want to believe her and feared any confrontation with him. After Marissa rejected him, he was determined to make her life difficult. She was trapped in her home for days unable to leave except to go to [...]
At just 13 years old, Shawn was recruited to an infamous street gang by his mother’s friends. For two years, they beat him to groom him for a life of violence. “They wanted to toughen me up. They wanted a soldier,” he explains.
Marie was a conscientious teenager and an excellent student, but her aunt she lived with would constantly berate her for carelessness and scold her for her disappointing behaviour.
When Darren was only 13 years old, his mom threw him out. His mother suspected one of his friends when some of her jewellery went missing, so she flew into a rage and told her young son to leave her home immediately. With nowhere to go in his small Prairie town, he imagined the big [...]