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The fundamental truth is that we will never know who the offenders are unless the victims tell us and the victims will never tell us unless we provide a society that actually encourages disclosure and then supports, protects and values their personal sacrifice when they do.  

Hetty Johnston, Founder & Executive Director, Bravehearts Inc.

After more than a decade of lobbying the Government, Bravehearts welcomed the announcement in November 2012 of The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It is clear from past Inquiries and from the continual exposure of system failures to recognise, respond to and prevent child sexual assault that national leadership is required to address the issues relating to child protection.  Bravehearts understands that the first step to solving any problem is to fully understand it. A Royal Commission will deliver this outcome not only for our political, judicial and spiritual leaders, but also for the Australian population generally and those survivors who have been given a platform to tell their stories. Only with this level of understanding and awareness can we ever hope to stem the tragedy of child sexual assault in this nation.   

Bravehearts is dedicated to the Royal Commission’s success and is providing community based support services for those wishing to engage with the Royal Commission. 

Bravehearts is here to support those who wish to come forward and share their story and experiences with the Royal Commission. 

We can:

  • Provide you with information and advice about participation in the Royal Commission
  • Provide support in preparing written statements
  • Provide support in your contact with the Royal Commission
  • Accompany clients to private sessions
  • Assist and support clients to appear at a public hearing
  • Provide counselling and ongoing case management for clients
  • Provide referrals to appropriate support services

We operate a free call national Information and Support Line 1800 BRAVE1 (1800 272 831) (8am to 8pm AEST) to assist clients and their families with any queries pertaining to the Royal Commission or child sexual assault generally.

Additionally, Bravehearts firmly believes that the best prevention/intervention strategy is education. It is our aim to work with institutions to establish systems, policies and provide training to better manage their duty of care to children.

The Royal Commission is a significant opportunity for Bravehearts and survivors of child sexual assault to influence the future safety of Australian children. We will continue to play a key role in this historic inquiry and look forward to the outcomes which we believe will contribute to our vision to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child.

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