Blue Knot Day
With the end of the 2015-16 financial year Blue Knot Foundation enters a full new year bearing its new name. Thank you for everyone who has donated to our end-of-financial year campaign in support of our educational workshops for survivors. While some of our programs are funded, the delivery of our survivor workshops is an area which remains unfunded. We will continue to lobby government for more support. Many thanks in the meantime to all those who enable us to deliver this vital service.
With the election over we now look to the federal government to respond actively and comprehensively to the recommendations around Redress and Civil Litigation from the Royal Commission’s September 2015 report.
While the Commission continues its work, many survivors are waiting for the right support. The Commission is focused on survivors of child sexual abuse in institutions, however, we know that childhood trauma is far more pervasive. With one in four Australian adults affected and the cost of not providing the right support conservatively estimated at $9.1 billion per annum, it is time to see health and human services oriented to supporting those affected by past and present traumas.
We know that with the right support recovery is possible. This Blue Knot Day we are building on overarching theme that “Recovery is possible” and embracing our leadership and that of the Commission in driving change. Our theme for 2016 is “Together we lead the way to survivor recovery”. Please put October 24 in your diaries as Blue Knot Day 2016. We will be announcing the ways in which you can get involved, unite with the community and provide support to one another towards recovery.
Dr Cathy Kezelman AM is President, Blue Knot Foundation (formerly known as ASCA – Adults Surviving Child Abuse). Blue Knot Helpline 1300 657 380; www.blueknot.org.au.