LETTERS OF SUPPORT
James Fryday, Nova Scotia Department Of Justice
I wish to provide you with some background information
with respect to Roch Longueepee, founder, Internations’
Justice Federation and my involvement with Roch in a personal
context and his efforts with respect to the development of the
International Institutional Child Abuse Memorial.
I have had a lot of contact with Roch regarding his personal circumstances
and his efforts with the above noted project. As you may be aware
Roch is a survivor of institutional child abuse and multiple maltreatment
and he has provided me with considerable information and evidence
with respect to his own personal life experiences regarding this
abuse and neglect. For your information Roch initiated the memorial
project. He was also involved and committed in a leadership capacity
in the Terry Fox Run
in the provinces of Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia for many
In 2002 he organized the most successful run in the Bedford, Nova
Scotia area in the past 15 years. On a personal note I want you
to know that in 29 years as a professional with the Department
of Justice, I have never met a person like Roch with respect to
his dedication, commitment as a volunteer and his resolve and
sense of social responsibility combined with his personal past
history to initiate and continue to develop for the benefit of
others worldwide who are also victims of abuse. I am totally impressed
with his unselfish efforts in all aspects to benefit victims and
to be socially conscious to look for positive change in his quest
for international and local respect and understanding on the enduring
effects/affects of child abuse and neglect.
I have worked over almost 30 years with youth and their families
as well as adults in conflict with the law and have been involved
with (too many) victims of past child abuse. For your information
I have medical evidence from Dr.John Curtis which, in a letter
of support for Roch he stated the following:
"In many respects it is somewhat amazing, given the horribleness
of his upbringing, how in tact psychologically he actually is".
Roch has spent a considerable amount of time and devoted energy
to his endeavor in the Memorial Project and related activities
and he remains committed in this regard.
I support him and the Federation 100% and trust that they will
be given your positive consideration for helping victims of abuse
through his efforts.
It is my opinion, the responsibility of all of us involved with
them and others of similar circumstances to do all we can to support
their personal growth.
Department of Justice
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada