The announcement of the Australian
by the Prime Minister on Monday 12 November 2012 was welcomed.
The Secretariat received 200 formal submissions and 600 emails during the consultation period
when stakeholders, survivors and the public were invited by the Attorney General to suggest Terms of Referance.
About three weeks after the announcement I saw the need to provide links to survivor services which I had found to cater for survivors during the last 15 years since I commenced my journey of recovery.and set up this site. for Aussie Survivors of child sexual abuse.
Since then the site grew with my own articles and concepts - in particular the Grid of Issues
The Grid of Issues is a non sequencial tabel of issues survivors face including aspects of recovery.
I have in particular advocated that
sexual assault counselling and trauma release counselling be recognised as unique health care professions
Links to Support Services and Organisations.
Many of these organisations have helpful and informative articles on their site.
ASCA - Adults Surviving Child Abuse now known as the Blue Knot Foundation
ASCA has a Professional Support Line for Survivors 1300 657 380 in Australia
the recent increased funding from the Federal Government
has enabled ASCA to employ additional professional male and female counsellors
9 -5 Mon to Sat coverage during 2014 Now the Royal Commission has ended
Funding will depend on the Australian Government Funding arrangements.
In January 2018 Brtavehearts announced the provision of
provides services within the Southern Metropolitan Region ( of Victoria, Australia)
to children and adults, both female and male, who have been sexually assaulted.
The Centre also works with non-offending family members, partners, caregivers and support workers.
Living Well is a Queensland service for survivors of csa.
their websire has information and links.
telephone and chat support for survivors who
live in Queensland and can access their
face to face counsellors.
Broken Rites - for survivors of Catholic institutions.
Disclaimer - I am just another survivor trying to be of assistance.
read at your own risk on a no liability basis
services the author found useful may not assist other survivor
but are listed in good faith
as a community service.
Survivors are encouraged to have face to face counselling
from a sexual assult counsellor or a trauma release counsellor.
also in Australia most teaching or regional hospitals have a sexual assult unit
survivors can ring in business hours to make an appointment.
in NSW most units only have female counsellors.
Many directories refer survivors to Lifeline
Whilst Lifeline provide general support and hope when destressed which help callers to cope with
life's difficulties and help us to face difficult situations
Lifeline is NOT a sexual assault counselling service
however Lifeline Counsellors appear to be trauma informed .
some directories do not distinguish mental health from sexual assault services
whilst untreated csa (child sexual abuse) may contribute to or trigger depression
or even mental health issues
sexual assault counselling and trauma release counselling are seperate health professionals.
my experience as a survivor is that the most helpful health care professionals are:
- sexual assult counsellors
- psychologists and counsellors with experience assisting csa survivors
- understanding GP's ( Doctors)
- when other health professionals ( eg Dentist) understand the impact csa can have in their field of medicine.
- trauma release counsellors ( a fairly new field of health cvare professionals )
- comprehensive sites with articles.
- google searches of issues as they arise ( but with a critical approach to determine helpful sites and eliminate sidetracks and unhelpful sites.)
- understanding clergy ( not all clergy cope with csa issues ) others offer short term pastoral care.
Christian Survivors may find some of the following links of some assistance.
I am working on a new concept - a Grid Of Issues
My hypothesis is that it is my experience and some male survivors I am talking to that as we gradually progress along our journey of recovery
there are issues which we face along the way
these issues surface with no particular pattern
sometimes I find I leave off one issue because another issue is hindering my progress.
so the grid is meant to be random
and the order on the page bears no resemblance to the order they need to be worked on.
The usefulllness of the grid is:
1. It gives expression to issues
2. As I am able, linking the issues to their own page
with links to other sites
and references for survivors wanting to read deeper.
survivors do need to work through issues with our psychologists, counsellors or therapists.
I am working on a step by step for survivors recovery site.
just started building it last night 26/11/2012
to be read at your own risk etc etc you know the legal stuff
Another project I have commenced is reading the books, articles and Professional Journals
to understand the research behind the websites we tend to access on Google Searches.
Whilst much of my work is original
I will do my best to link to sources though its sometimes overwhelming when one has been researching, to recall every source but I will do better than writing summaries or reflections after reading articles without acknowledging sources.
I would encourage organisations wring articles to add bibliographies and footnotes and links
so readers who wish can read the research for ourselves.
I am firmly of the opinion that we need to go beyond "GP" style counselling
and to be more forused on referals to specialist counsellors where needed:
eg most Degrees in Psychology have only 1 or no units specifically in trauma counselling
or sexual assult counselling, and yet both are specialities which ought to be recognised.
I would encourage professionals to look at Courses offered by Bravehearts
inclusing Bravehearts on line cources for Professionals.
see also ASCA's Courses for Professionals.
It is hoped that funding will be given to neuropsychotherapists doctoral research centres
to measure the neurological impact of sexual trauma on survivors.
I am a Graduate (B.A.) in Sociology/Anthropology from Macquarie University.
and trained in Theology (Th Dip)
using the research skills I learnt in Sociology ( transferrable skills) to develop this site.
I have also attended seminars on Child Protection
It could be said I think Sociologically and Theologically ( as in Applied Theology and Exegisis)
whilst interacting with psychology and counselling.
I attend Seminars as part of my professional development and am exploring post grad by research options.
It is my view that there is a need for an integration between the Sexual Asult Units and Chaplaincy
and between theology/ pastoral care and psychology/counselling.
Prayer can facilitate recovery - my experience.
these matters need to be the subject of articles -my to do list is getting longer.
I do this on my own
my aim is also to locate and post resources as I come accross them such as ...
Good Therapy Australia
has developed it's new innovative website
including their Find a Therapist feature.
Types of therapy
is an excellent resource, listing all the different types of therapy.
Find a Therapist feature is also on their site but limited to Australian Therapists.
The Royal Commission has invited interested persons and organisations to submit
responses to their Issues Papers. Other issues have come to mind.
I have set up an issues site. for Issues Papers written for the Royal Commission.
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