And the winner is....

The team at Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) would like to thank everybody who participated in our Untangle the Knot photo competition 2014. 

We are thrilled to announce the winner for 2014 is - Gwenda Skewes for the photo titled 'Unravelling the knot to freedom'. 

Gwenda's winning image is, in the words of the judges: “an innovative interpretation of the this year’s theme 'Recovery', using the shape of a growing tree but interspersed with the knots of abuse. It symbolises the past history with the promise of growth today.” 

Unravelling the knot to freedom by Gwenda Skewes,
winner of ASCA's Untangle the Knot photographic competition 2014

ASCA was fortunate to receive the following response from Gwenda when asked what inspired her creation; 
"I was abused by an Uncle, who is now deceased. I was abused half my life: from a very young age until I was 22 years old. I have just started to get help for this and through this process I realised my heart was in a knot. I realised I was not a very emotional person and saw that my counsellor was trying to bring out my recovery bit by bit. This involved taking little knots out of the big knot. The bows represent the beginning of freedom, the untangled rope extending from the bow represents freedom." 

A special thank you to Mark Tedeschi, the head of our judging panel again this year.

Congratulations Gwenda, the proud recipient of this year’s prize to the value of $1,000 sponsored by Artemis Legal and St George Foundation.

ASCA would like to thank our sponsors Artemis Legal, St George Foundation and St George Banking Group for their generous support and contribution of prizes totalling a value of $1000!


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“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.”


“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.”


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


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