The secondary survivor group, the wives of the primary victims of torture, rape, family members of the disappeared and the family members of the prisoners of Human Rights Office Kandy, in their path towards recovery evolved themselves as the “Women’s Unit” by 2011. Remer and Ferguson (1995) said that victimization can have a “ripple effect”. That the damage to the primary victim can spread out in waves and have an effect on those with whom they have intimate contact, resulting in stress and trauma related symptoms in the person trying to help. Dealing with the primary victim can awaken emotions in the secondary victim that need to be dealt with, and it can also be emotionally draining for the person, resulting in “compassion fatigue”.
At the end of the three day workshop was the talent show. The participants looked forward to the Talent show with eager and enthusiasm to relax, enjoy together and to strengthen their bond of love and affection as a group. The two day program was geared towards creating an awareness of a holistic view point on life, to strengthen their togetherness as a group, with unique experiences of loss and violence and to provide space to relax, and enjoyment for the women who work all through the day in family chores from morning till evening.
The foundation of such a method is love”.
Martin Luther King