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Blue Knot Award 2013

Blue Knot Foundation established the Blue Knot Award in 2012 to recognise an individual who uphold the principles of Blue Knot Day. The award recipient stands out in the community for furthering the needs of adult survivors of child abuse. The Award recognises those who have broken the silence and taboo around child abuse and eroded the stigma, to foster hope and optimism.
The Blue Knot Award 2013 goes to a person who embodies all of those achievements and more. Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox is a 30 + year veteran of the NSW police force, during which time he sought to investigate countless child sexual abuse cases. In November 2012 Peter Fox put his job on the line and went public with the shocking information that his investigations had uncovered.
When Peter went to the media with his disturbing claims of systemic cover-up of institutional child abuse, he alerted the entire nation to an insidious social problem that had been ignored for decades.  He courageously spoke out against the crowd, not only tackling the stigma of abuse but also the secrecy, silence and power structures which have perpetuated it. In so doing, he raised awareness about child sexual abuse and the factors which have enabled it to continue within our institutions. Without Peter’s fortitude and determination, arguably there would be no Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse and the suffering of thousands of victims of institutional child abuse would still be unacknowledged.
The Royal Commission has empowered Australian survivors and given them the opportunity to tell their story, and contribute to real change. With his continued support for survivors and his unwavering commitment to uncovering the truth, Peter fosters hope and helps promote recovery for survivors and the community at large.

Peter Fox dedicated his Award to the father of a child abuse victim who died the previous week after losing a battle with cancer. His son  had been repeatedly sexually assaulted by a notorious Hunter priest from the age of 12.

Detective Chief Inspector Fox receives Blue Knot Award 2013 from ASCA President, Dr. Cathy Kezelman, and ASCA Director, Simon Cole

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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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