show hope | The Journal of Quebec

The documentation And now ? introduces men and women who were victims of sexual abuse as children, their journey and the impact of these tragedies on their lives. “We wanted to show that we can get out of this,” explains Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, who sensitively directs this difficult documentary.

For seven years, spokesperson for the Marie Vincent Foundation and mother of two daughters, actress Mélissa Désormeaux–Poulin, the issue of children and young people who are victims of sexual violence is particularly close to her heart. That’s why we asked her to direct this documentary, which tells the story of five victims of sexual assault and most importantly, their journey from childhood to adulthood.

“The aim is to show hope, to raise people’s awareness and to speak out on this very taboo subject, to maybe even help a child,” adds the actress, often turned on her head in these hours of great meetings .

These five people between 32 and 50 years old tell their story without shame; by opening us the doors of the most difficult moments, but also of the return of the light when they managed to get out of it (each on different levels).

These are the stories of Marie, Caroline, Valérie, Stéphane and Paul, who agreed not to come forward for themselves but to change things and so that young victims find the courage to report their attacker in turn.

The two male portraits explore a side that appears even more taboo and yet exists. These two grown men have taken very different paths, proving that every case and every path is unique.

Believe the victims

What does the actress, who believes in building a beautiful bond of trust with the guests, remember most from this experience?

“How important it is to always, always listen to the children and believe them,” she says without hesitation. And now ? shows the devastating and long-term effects of a child’s testimony not being taken seriously when it is eventually handed over to a parent.

For the actress, who is working on her first project of this kind on this subject, there is a great desire to continue on this path.

“This is the first time that I’ve tackled this difficult topic in this way, and it certainly won’t be the last time,” says the prevention expert. I gave myself the right to go into it and from the outside it became more real and clear. I’ll never know what it’s like to be abused as a child, but I’m with them wholeheartedly. »

“These people came out after all of this and that’s what interests me: how do we get out of this, what can we do for these victims and how can we be vigilant to become the best allies,” she continues.

By practicing prevention and healthy sex education with our children, by opening them up to the topic so that it becomes less taboo, by being vigilant and using resources (especially in case of questions or incidents. We can, she believes, prevent more tragedies of this kind.

  • The documentation And now ? will be online on the VRAI platform from Tuesday.

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