Brenley MacEachern (Madison Violet) (episode 25)

Madison Violet
Brenley MacEachern (left) and Lisa MacIsaac (right)
Photo credit – Jenna Walker

Today’s show features a story of trauma that is really difficult to hear. This might be the most intensely emotional episode of this show so far, and it’s one that many listeners might find difficult and disturbing. It is a story about a young boy who was sexually abused by a Catholic priest and the devastating effects that it had on the boy and his family. If these topics might be difficult for you, or you have a strong attachment to the Catholic church, this might not be the episode for you.

This story came to light in a powerful new song and video by Madison Violet ( Brenley MacEachern‘s brother Stevie. On September 22, 2021, Brenley posted on social media:

Fifteen years ago today, my brother Stevie was strangled to death in a stairwell, between the 12th and 14th floor of an apartment building on Alexander Street in Toronto. Of course, that was just a small part of the string of bad luck following Stevie around; unlucky 13 on the last day of his life just summed it all up, I suppose. …

It’s been so hard and anxiety-inducing to decide to share Stevie’s story. This video has only been out in the world for a day so far. Already the support and the stories messaged to us have strengthened my conviction that telling the truth and ending the stigmas around abuse, can help set us free.

The effect that the abuse had on Stevie led to his life unravelling and spiralling out of control, and leading to his murder. Although Stevie is the one who suffered through the abuse, his loving family members suffered a different kind of trauma, watching a beloved family member struggle so visibly. Rightly, Brenly is emotional telling this story. She also carries and conveys a lot of anger towards the perpetrator and an organization that seems rife with such stories.

Again, this episode, especially the second half, may not be for everyone. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, there are many mental health professionals that may be able to help. There are links to many great organizations on the Mental Health Resources page of this site.
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Music Credits:

“Everything’s Shifting” is from the album Everything’s Shifting, which is available on CD from Madison Violet or on iTunes

“Time to Right the Wrong (Remix)” is a new single available on iTunes. The original version is from the album Everything’s Shifting, which is available on CD from Madison Violet or on iTunes

“No Fool For Trying” is from the album No Fool For Trying, which is available on iTunes.


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