Toronto van attack victims seek professional healing from experienced trauma

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On Monday, April 23, a white rental van ascended onto the pavement on Fifth Avenue and Sheppard Avenue in Toronto, Canada to deliberately cause panic and destruction.

The van crashed into innocent pedestrians repeatedly in an intentional act of violence, forcing the vehicle to crash into fire hydrants, mailboxes, people and buildings, resulting in the death of ten pedestrians and 14 severe injuries resulting in near-death experiences.

The survivors confirm that though they have been physically hurt, their spirits have not been crushed, as shown by 67-year-old Catherine Riddell.

While laughing in an interview with Global News reporter Jamie Mauracher, she said, “it will be a long road to recovery, but I’m ready to kick these windows out and start.”

Though Riddell’s spirit is not broken, she knows how long the healing process can be and is ready to take it on. Many victims agree with Riddell, understanding that healing from the experienced trauma will not be easy. Most have resorted to speaking with a professional for a sense of traumatic relief.

Morgan McDougall, a survivor interviewed by Global News, said, “it’s more thinking about it that I’m healing from.”

The driver of the van, identified as Alek Minassian, now faces 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder. The motivation of the rampage is not quite clear, but authorities have made it clear he is no longer a threat and is currently being held in a cell in Ontario, Canada.