Welcome to the June edition of Breaking Free. This month we reflect on some of the issues survivors may face around the process of disclosing their experiences or parts of their story. If you are a survivor it is important for you to choose if and when to share your trauma experiences, and if you do, to do so in a way that is as safe and empowering as possible. We are seeing that the stigma around survivors speaking out is maybe a little less than previously. Disclosure has become more prominent through movements such as #MeToo and also as a result of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and other inquiries. More voices are being heard, listened to, and more often believed. Some survivors feel that this has given them the strength to come forward and tell their own stories. For others, this is not possible or the right time. Either way, if and when you do disclose, it’s important to choose to disclose in your own individual way.
Emma’s Project, recently launched by the Australian Childhood Foundation seeks the input and insights of the lived expertise of adult survivors of child sexual abuse. We share Emma’s story and her passion to make the world safer for children and protecting them from child sexual abuse. We also explain how you can get involved in the project.
Dr. Cathy Kezelman, Blue Knot President shares some of her story in the Open Stance podcast, and also provides important information around complex trauma and the work of Blue Knot.
There’s also an opportunity to take part in important research studies being undertaken by Griffith and Swinburne Universities. If you feel that you meet the criteria and are interested and well supported, please have a look to see if you wish to take part in either of these studies.
Until next time, take care
Blue Knot Team