posted on September 30, 2015 13:30
A submission by Lisa Williams, highlighting why ASCA is a vital service:
Most abuse happens in the home, and survivors will fall into a trap of forming abusive relationships, so to expect them to lean on family and close friends is not (a) always realistic; and (b) safe.
Also, friends and well-meaning people are simply not equipped to deal with the level of complex trauma involved with sexual abuse - it takes maturity and training to step back and not be distressed by this issue.
I’ve been there for survivors I’ve met on my journey – but after five years seeing this person unable to let go of their abuser, I simply gave them the ASCA counselling number and wished the person the best, saying if they wanted to press charges I’d back them up.
The ASCA information and counselling is clear and objective and relates specifically to Trauma Informed Care. The information it provides crystalises everything for me and assists me to select the right kind of therapy, and not waste any more time and money. It has taken over twenty years to get a correct diagnosis, and it is only when I started to access ASCA in 2010 that this happened.
The counsellors at ASCA are amazing – they just get it. I feel sane when I speak to an ASCA Counsellor and they have been on my journey now for five years. I walk away feeling more empowered and an adult – not a victim.
ASCA is an invaluable resource, not only to survivors, but the health and justice system, to make sense of the non-sensical maze that is child abuse.
It is an informed perspective and one that saved my life and gave me the courage to report both my stepfather and my father. ASCA is the voice of reason in a world where reason does not exist.