‘Our voice, our strength’

Published March 23, 2017

An estimated 120,000 children in the Netherlands are victims of child abuse each year. Kim van Laar, born and raised in Amsterdam, was among those abused while growing up. She now wishes to end the taboo that she feels still surrounds the subject. Her journey in tackling this taboo is followed in the documentary ‘Our voice, our strength’, (Onze stem, onze kracht) which premiered on February 9th 2017 in Amsterdam.

Two years ago, Kim established ‘TeamKIM’ – comprising six girls who were all victims of abuse in their childhood – to seek more attention for the topic. The members of TeamKIM visit schools, health professionals and the police to share their experiences. As the documentary shows, this is not always easy; they persevere with the support of trainers and a safe and loving community, and in the firm belief that encouraging others to discuss this topic more openly can lead to problem situations being detected more quickly and prevent some children from suffering as they did.

The trailer for the documentary can be found here. Currently, TeamKIM is touring in the Netherlands with the film and accompanying workshops. More information about TeamKIM can be found here.

This documentary was made possible with the support of the Bernard van Leer Foundation.