At home, children suffering from sexual abuse will do anything to avoid attention

At home, children suffering from sexual abuse will do anything to avoid attention

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Donate by June 30 and help children like Rosie to heal.

Rosie and Elise* were just trying to survive but against a back drop of sexual abuse even just finding ways to survive day after day was impossible. The girls, like many sexual abuse victims often feel a deep sense of shame, as if what happened was their fault – and it can take a long time for them to feel safe enough to reveal the full, horrifying truth.

At Barnardos they only had to tell their story once; the sisters are now out of immediate danger, living with one of our caring crisis foster carers.

But the truth is that these girls face a long journey of healing ahead.
With your help, the two sisters can get extra support at school to help them catch up with their peers after a life of neglected education. And with urgent psychological support, Rosie and Elise will learn how to remain safe in the future.

With your continued support, we will continue to care for innocent children who have been sexually abused, and advocate passionately for better protection for vulnerable children across Australia.

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strip Help children be seen and protected

Donate by June 30 and help children like Rosie to heal.

Rosie and Elise* were just trying to survive but against a back drop of sexual abuse even just finding ways to survive day after day was impossible. The girls, like many sexual abuse victims often feel a deep sense of shame, as if what happened was their fault – and it can take a long time for them to feel safe enough to reveal the full, horrifying truth.

At Barnardos they only had to tell their story once; the sisters are now out of immediate danger, living with one of our caring crisis foster carers.

But the truth is that these girls face a long journey of healing ahead.
With your help, the two sisters can get extra support at school to help them catch up with their peers after a life of neglected education. And with urgent psychological support, Rosie and Elise will learn how to remain safe in the future.

With your continued support, we will continue to care for innocent children who have been sexually abused, and advocate passionately for better protection for vulnerable children across Australia.

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strip Your donation this tax time makes all the difference

Donating to Barnardos Australia before June 30 means that you may be able to lower your taxable income. To take advantage of this,
after you have made your donation online, you will receive a receipt via email, which you can use when you lodge your tax return
this financial year.

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The statistics can't be ignored.

11% of women and 5% of men in Australia report to having been sexually abused before the age of 15^.
That’s equal to approx. 1.4 million people. And the impacts of COVID-19 and lockdowns have seen a further spike in reported cases across Australia in the past two years.

The unhappy reality is that these figures do not take in to account all the unreported cases, meaning the scale of the problem is likely much worse than we know.

Be a champion and help us begin the healing for children who have suffered sexual abuse in Australia.

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strip Your gift will help give them the chance to rebuild their lives

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To go towards art therapy and counselling so the sisters can begin to heal and build a sense of self-worth.

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To contribute to therapy with a specialist psychologist to help children form healthy relationships and reduce the risk of future sexual assault.

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Training and counselling for carers who help children like Rosie and Elise to have a 'normal childhood' at last.

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*Models used and name changed to protect privacy.
^According to most recent Australian Bureau of Statistics personal Safety Survey (ABS 2017).

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