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To Be Heard. To Be Believed

Healing and Hope for Sexual Abuse Survivors

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At the moment Australia has The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse investigating how institutions like schools, churches, sports clubs and government organisations have responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse.

It is the job of the Royal Commission to uncover where systems have failed to protect children so it can make recommendations on how to improve laws, policies and practices.

In the UK the horrors of Jimmy Saville and more recently the trial and conviction of Rolf Harris have made headlines across the world. Endless newspaper articles wading through graphic descriptions of their deviant sexual behaviour and callous disregard for the welfare of their victims. Wherever you turn you can read about the epidemic of sexual abuse.

My purpose in reaching out to you through this blog is not to add my indignation and condemnation to what can be found in a thousand different places, it is actually to show the other side of sexual abuse:the side that says, there is hope, there can be healing. Sadly, it’s the side that the media and people in general, seem to talk so much less about.

You do not have to wear that badge of victimhood or self-blame for the whole of your life, playing the words inside your head “well it’s happened, what I can do about it”. Writing Consequences has been a consuming passion, driven not only by wanting to write a story, that I hope touches people through characters that readers can resonate with, but by the need to convey an often overlooked message, the need to say, “you can do something”. You can change the future, even if you can’t reach back and change the past.

That is the message that I want to convey to victims of sexual abuse. In no way am I trivialising the significance of the emotional, psychological and physiological damage sexual abuse inflicts, nor am I putting forward some shallow message about “thinking positively”. There are ways that can truly change how people move forward and I hope through this blog we can share understanding, views and messages of practical advice and hope.

Useful resources for child abuse survivors:

www.braingym.org.uk

www.helenjohnson.org

www.childwise.org.au

www.bravehearts.org.au

www.parentsprotect.co.uk

www.stopitnow.org.uk

www.missingkids.com/AMBER

www.childwelfare.gov




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