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Insights Magazine | November 9 | Weaving faith and reconciliation for child abuse survivors>>

Moderator of the Uniting Church Synod of NSW and the ACT, Rev. Myung Hwa Park, was one of the interfaith representatives that attended this year’s Blue Knot Day prayer service.

Geelong Business News | October 19 | Recognising the Impacts of Childhood Trauma>>

It may seem an obvious link to make, that childhood trauma or abuse can impact on the mental health of adult survivors. This obvious link is one that the Blue Knot Foundation is asking all Australians to recognise on Blue Knot Day this Monday, 24 October.

Sight Magazine | October 14 | Almost all survivors of childhood abuse experience health and wellbeing consequences as adults, Australian data shows>>

As many as 83 per cent of Australian adults who suffered abuse as a child say they have experienced multiple health and wellbeing consequences as a result, according to a data from the Blue Knot Foundation.

SBS | October 10 | How one brave survivor overcame childhood trauma>>

Kallena is a 52-year-old survivor of childhood sexual abuse and trauma. She tells SBS her story so that others can feel supported to safely share theirs and access the mental health support they need.

South Sydney Herald | October 9 | Untangling the knot of childhood trauma>>

With the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse well underway, the needs of adult survivors of abuse are front and centre of the national agenda. Blue Knot Day is a national awareness day, which supports survivors of institutional child sexual abuse and those traumatised in any way in childhood, including in their own homes, families and neighbourhoods.

South Sydney Herald | July 7 | 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. 

South Sydney Herald | December 7 | Rituals acknowledge hurt, affirm hope and healing>>
The first interfaith service held by Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) was celebrated at Pitt Street Uniting Church (PSUC) in conjunction with South Sydney Uniting Church (SSUC) on October 31. The Blue Knot Day service, in support of the five million Australian adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse, was a significant and moving occasion.

Aged Care Insite | October 27 | More older Aussies calling abuse helpline>>
There has been a spike in the number of older Australians seeking professional help because of childhood sex abuse, new research shows. The research released by Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) on Monday to coincide with Blue Knot Day – a national day to raise awareness about the five million Australian adults who survived childhood abuse.

ABC News | October 26 | More child abuse survivors aged over 60 seeking help, support group says on Blue Knot Day>>
More than a quarter of people calling a helpline for adult survivors of child abuse are now over the age of 60, a leading support group says. The figures have been released to mark Blue Knot Day, which aims to raise awareness of the estimated five million Australians who have suffered childhood trauma and abuse.

Nine News | October 26 | Newcastle community urged to work together in fallout from child sexual abuse revelations>>
An advocate for victims of child sexual abuse says a community-wide approach is needed to deal with the ramifications of the abuse revelations. Dr Cathy Kezelman, president of the Adults Surviving Child Abuse organisation, said the community needed to gain an understanding of the lasting impacts trauma could have on child abuse victims.

SBS | October 26 | More older Aussies calling abuse helpline>>
There has been a spike in the number of older Australians seeking professional help because of childhood sex abuse, new research shows. The research released by Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) on Monday to coincide with Blue Knot Day - a national day to raise awareness about the five million Australian adults who survived childhood abuse.

Nine News | October 26 | Rise in older Aussies reporting sex abuse>>
More older Australians are reporting childhood sex abuse for the first time. Here are the figures: the data is based on an analysis of 5000 callers in the past year to a 1300 professional support line run by Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) - a leading national organisation supporting an estimated five million Australian adults who survived childhood trauma.

The Australian | October 26 | Older victims finally break silence>>
It took almost four decades and an emotional breakdown resulting in hospitalisation for NSW grandmother Karen Synnott to acknowledge the effect of childhood sexual abuse and seek help.

Ultra 106.5FM | October 26 | Blue Knot Day (audio)>>
Monday October 26, 2015 is Blue Knot Day, the national awareness day of Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA), that aims to raise awareness for the estimated five million adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse. President of Adults Surviving Child Abuse, Dr Cathy Kezelman talks with David Wood about this very difficult issue which is thought to have effected 1 in 4 Australians.

Media Release | October 26 | Older Australians more likely to seek support for past child abuse>>
New research into childhood trauma & abuse released this Blue Knot Day reveals hope of recovery for older generations. 

The Northern Star | October 26 | Child abuse campaign day moving from church this year>>
The annual Blue Knot Day forum will be held in a neutral Lismore venue this year instead of the Casino Anglican Church. The forum, which is associated with the Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) Blue Knot Day campaign, will be held at the Lismore Workers Club on Keen St on Sunday.

South Sydney Herald | October 15 | Interfaith support for survivors of abuse>>
For five years ASCA (Adults Surviving Child Abuse), the leading national organisation working to improve the lives of Australian adults who have experienced childhood trauma and abuse, has held a national day of awareness, now known as Blue Knot Day. 

Starts at Sixty | October 10 | Caring for the parent who never cared for you>>
If a parent has been mean, unloving or even abusive towards you as a child do you have an obligation to care for them in their old age? It’s a loaded question for many adult children who harbour anger, resentment and bitterness towards a needy parent and struggle with feelings of guilt.

Mouths of Mums | August 28 | How being a sexual abuse survivor has shaped the way I parent>>
My name is Zara. I’m 32 and live in Perth with my husband and three young children. I was five the first time I was sexually abused. Though I was an innocent child I felt that I had been “naughty” and the possibility of my parents discovering what I had done would result in serious consequence so I remained silent.

Media Release | August 27 | Blue Knot Day Morning Tea hosted in support of adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse>>
Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA), on Thursday hosted the first Blue Knot Day Morning Tea for 2015 to encourage every-day Australians to host similar events in their community in the lead up to their national awareness day Blue Knot Day (Monday October 26 2015).

Early General News | October 30 | SOme secrets should never be kept >>
Joy Milton, Karen Carr and Amanda Porter shared their story for this week's national Blue Knot Day event that aims to raise awareness about childhood abuse.

The Australian Women's Weekly | October 28 | Child abuse still rife in the community >>
2014 marks the sixth year since ASCA held its inaugural Blue Knot Day (then called Forget-me-knot Day) and in the years since its meaning and community response has grown significantly.

Fraser Coast Chronicle | October 28 | Society has failed our abused kids >>
During a speech launching ASCA's annual Blue Knot Day, Chair of the Child Abuse Royal Commission, Justice Peter McClellan said the commission's work showed it was apparent that society's standards had failed. "The power of an institution must never again be able to silence a child."

Daily Liberal | October 28 | Blue Knot Day held to acknowledge survivors of abuse >>
A morning tea was hosted by Interrelate Dubbo yesterday to mark Blue Knot Day and to support an estimated five million Australian adult survivors of child abuse and other trauma.

ASCA | October 27 | Blue Knot Day Opening Event >>
Dr Cathy Kezelman's full speech given at the Blue Knot Day Opening Event in Parliament House today

Newcastle Herald | October 27 | OPINION: We can overcome trauma>>
ASCA President, Dr Cathy Kezelman says "ASCA is working to reduce the stigma surrounding this issue and this Blue Knot Day spread the message of hope and optimism."

SBS | October 27 | Justice Peter McClellan foreshadows a wide-ranging compensation scheme to cover all survivors >>
Speaking at the launch of Blue Knot day to raise awareness of abuse survivors, he said the commission would publish a paper in January 2015 with proposals on compensation.

ABC News | October 27 | Child abuse victims wait patiently for Royal Commission to focus on the Hunter >>
Detective chief inspector Peter Fox  who attended the Blue Knot Day Opening Event at Parliament House today says he is proud to be an ambassador for the group, and believes Hunter region victims are extremely pleased with the progress of the Royal Commission hearings so far

Rescu.com.au | October 27 | Blue Knot Day: Building Awareness for a Once-Taboo Issue >>
ASCA has released new research from its professional support line (1300 657 380) that reveals some heart-wrenching statistics and shows this often-overlooked and once-taboo issue is one that needs to be at the forefront of our minds.

The Catholic Leader | October 27 | Showing support on Blue Knot Day >>
Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Bishops Joseph Oudeman and Brian V. Finnigan, and executive and administration staff from the Episcopal Offices all sported coloured pins in support of Blue Knot Day.

Royal Commission update | October 27 | Royal Commission Chair Justice McClellan delivers address for Blue Knot Day >>
The Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Justice Peter McClellan AM made an address for Blue Knot Day at Parliament House in Canberra today.

The Chronicle | October 27 | Victim says he felt ashamed about being abused as a child >>
The hope is that healing might now be possible. Each year around Blue Knot week Mr Gambley hosts a service in Casino to bring together survivors of child abuse and their families.

ASCA Media Release | October 27 | New research into childhood trauma & abuse released this Blue Knot Day >>
New data released by ASCA confirms the need for effective support for survivors abused in the home and neighbourhood as well as for those abused in Institutions

ABC Local Radio 'Sunday Nights' | October 26 | Blue Knot Day >>
ASCA's Head of Research, Pam Stavropoulos and ASCA Ambassador, Rose Parker joins ABC Local Radio's weekly program Sunday Nights to discuss the current statistics on childhood trauma & abuse.

Truth Justice and Healing Council Media Release | October 21 >>
Catholics to show support for child sexual abuse survivors through Blue Knot Day

Daily Liberal Dubbo | A Blue Knot Day morning tea, to support survivors of Child Abuse >>
A BLUE Knot Day morning tea, to support survivors of child abuse, will be held on Monday, October 27, from 11am at Interrelate in Darling Street Dubbo.

Canberra Weekly | October 16 | Untangling the knot of child abuse >>
"We need to make sure that everyone knows recovery is possible and there are people who can help” say Dr Kezelman

The Chronicle Canberra | October 14 | Blue Knot Day >>
On October 27 - Blue Knot Day, Adults Surviving Child Abuse will ask the community to unite in support of those victims of childhood trauma

South Sydney Herald | October 12 | Recovery is possible for adult survivors >>
President of ASCA, Dr Kezelman, on how recovery is possible for adult survivors of child abuse

bmag | October 13 | bINFORMED - OUR TOWN What's going on around town >>
Blue Knot Day, ASCA's national awareness day.

ASCA Media Release | October 7 | Blue Knot Day's online photo competition >>
Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) is calling on budding photographers and creatives to enter its annual Untangle the Knot Photo Competition, in support of the estimated five million adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse in Australia.

South Sydney Herald | September 13 | Unite in support of adult survivors of childhood trauma >>
ASCA (Adults Surviving Child Abuse) is calling on members of the community to get involved in something positive this Blue Knot Day, ASCA’s annual awareness-raising day in support of the five million Australian adult survivors of childhood trauma

Port Macquarie News OPINION | August 25 | ASCA is calling on members of the community to host events in support of survivors this Blue Knot Day >>
ASCA's official Blue Knot Day event will be held at Canberra's Parliament House. It will be fronted by Chair of the Royal Commission, The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan, and the Minister for Health, The Hon. Peter Dutton MP, who will discuss the issues surrounding child sexual abuse and how survivors can recover.

ASCA Media Release | August 20 | The Royal Commission's findings have revealed it takes survivors an average of 22 years to tell someone about their abuse >>Read here
Blue Knot Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of education and training for practitioners and make this a topic that individuals and the wider community can talk about more openly.

ASCA Media Release | August 18 | ASCA calls for Blue Knot Day community events: >>Read here
ASCA is calling on members from the community to host events in support of survivors this Blue Knot Day – the annual awareness day, on 27th October. 

ASCA Media Release | August 18 | Untangling the knot of child abuse: >>Read here
Blue Knot Day, ASCA’s National Awareness Day, provides hope, optimism and pathways to recovery for the one in three adults affected by childhood trauma

TimeOut Melbourne | 7 August | Blue Knot Day 2014: >>Read here
This year the date to remember is October 27. There's still time to get involved.

Blue Knot Day 2013 >>more

Newcastle Herald | 28 October
Police whistle-blower Peter Fox dedicates his 2013 Blue Knot Award to the recently deceased father of an abuse victim >>more
 
Brisbane East News | 25 October
Liz Antcliff shares her story of child abuse in the lead up to Blue Knot Day >more
 
#BlueKnotDay Twitter interview | October 23
Dr Cathy Kezelman from ASCA talks BlueKnotDay with journalist ChrisTopp >>more
 
TimeOut Melbourne | October 14
Blue Knot Day 2013 >>more
 
South Sydney Herald | October 1
Time to unite in support of adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse >>more
 
Westender | September 8
Blue Knot Day - October 29th 2013 >>more
 
Silobreaker | September 8
Blue Knot Day - October 28th 2013 >>more
 
Media Release | September 5
ASCA urges community to get involved with Blue Knot Day >>Read media release
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News.com.au | October 29
Child abuse nearly all in the family, research shows. >>more 
 
Heraldsun.com.au | October 29
Guidelines to tackle trauma of abuse. >>more

Insights.uca.org.au | October 22
Swimming Upstream >>more
 
Thebeast.com
Blue Knot Day 2012 >>more
 
Design Federation
Untangle the Knot 2012 >>more
 
Time Out Melbourne Online
Why are we so afraid to talk about child abuse? >>more
 
Around You
Support adult survivors of child abuse - Blue Knot Day >>more
 
Sunshine Coast Daily online
Host an event for Blue Knot Day >>more
 
Wanda Newletter and Online
ASCA - Blue Knot Day >>more
 
Pro Bono Australia Events
ASCA urges communities to take part in Blue Knot Day - Support adult survivors of childhood trauma >>more
 
Time Out | August 17
Blue Knot Day - Breaking the taboo of child abuse  >>more

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Testimonials

“Blue Knot Foundation has a key role to play in the building of community capacity in care provision to those who have experienced childhood abuse and trauma in any environment.”

NIALL MULLIGAN Manager, Lifeline Northern Rivers

“I think Blue Knot Foundation is a fantastic support organisation for people who have experienced childhood trauma/abuse, for their families/close friends and for professionals who would like to learn how to more effectively work with these people.”

Psychologist Melbourne

“It's such a beautiful thing that you are doing. Helping people to get through this.”

ANONYMOUS

“It was only last September when I discovered the Blue Knot Foundation website and I will never forget the feeling of support and empathy that I received when I finally made the first phone call to Blue Knot Helpline, which was also the first time I had ever spoken about my abuse.”

STEVEN

"At last there is some sound education and empathetic support for individuals and partners impacted by such gross boundary violations.”

TAMARA

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