Help for victims

PEOPLE impacted by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse can now seek face-to-face counselling in Mildura.

SUPPORT SERVICE: Speakers outlined services available during the launch of the counselling service for people affected by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.Picture: Carmel Zaccone

SUPPORT SERVICE: Speakers outlined services available during the launch of the counselling service for people affected by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.Picture: Carmel Zaccone

The support services, launched in Mildura yesterday, have two parts; face-to-face support and a telephone service.

The services are open for those impacted by the Royal Commission, being someone who might want to make a statement, people impacted by sexual assault during childhood, and even someone who has suffered interfamily abuse rather than institutional. It also includes family or friends needing advice.

“People need to understand that what’s happened (child sexual assault) is a crime,” Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia executive officer Karen Willis said yesterday.

“It doesn’t matter if they were abused yesterday or 50 years ago, you have the right to be safe and have a life of well meaning and wonderfulness, and we’re more than happy to work with you to achieve that.” 

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