• Abuse victims finally find strength to seek support

    Date: 2019.02.16 | Category: 南京夜网 | Tags:

    HELP: Cathy Kezelman says the royal commission has sparked a flood of calls from victims.CALLS to Australia’s leading child abuse helpline have quadrupled since the start of the royal commission with research finding many survivors wait 30 years or more before seeking support.
    Nanjing Night Net

    Analysis of the Adults Surviving Child Abuse professional support line has found that almost 100 people are coming forward each week with the majority of them aged over 40.

    The study of 4000 callers found the most common age for abuse to occur was between six and 10 years of age, but the majority of callers seeking help were aged between 40 and 49 years old.

    President of Adults Surviving Child Abuse, Dr Cathy Kezelman, said the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse had encouraged more people to come forward.

    She said many had carried the burden of abuse for decades before seeking help.

    ‘‘There is an incredible sense of shame and self-loathing which does hold people back from seeking support,’’ she said. ‘‘People still worry about not being believed which is another deterrent.’’

    The Adults Surviving Child Abuse’s professional support line employs 14 specialist counsellors who work seven days a week but only between 9am and 5pm.

    Dr Kezelman said the organisation hoped to fund an evening support service.

    Adults Surviving Child Abuse will launch a social media campaign this week to support the estimated five million adult survivors of sexual abuse in Australia.

    Retired nurse Barbara, who suffered both physical and sexual abuse as a child, kept quiet for decades until she felt brave enough to speak out.

    Now 68, Barbara was abused in foster care and in institutions as a child but did not speak publicly about it until about 15 years ago.

    ‘‘I didn’t want to tell anyone because I was worried no one would believe me and I was embarrassed so I just said nothing.’’

    She says speaking about the abuse had helped her recover.

    ‘‘They are not going to make me a victim any more.

    ‘‘I am over being a victim.’’

    For support contact ASCA1300 657 380