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Has the Bell finally rung for Cardinal George Pell?

An undisclosed heart condition prevented Cardinal Pell, the third most powerful man in the Catholic Church, from travelling to Australia to appear before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. As a consequence, his testimony was heard in the heart of Rome, close to the Vatican, and with the eyes of the world watching.

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'I think I avoided a monster': Shorten calls for abuse victim redress

A national redress scheme must be led by the Commonwealth government regardless of which party is in power. ASCA acknowledges the commitment of the Labour Party and seeks a similar comprehensive commitment from the Turnbull government for a fair and equitable outcome.

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Lady Gaga singing “Til It Happens to You” at the Oscars at which Spotlight, took out the best picture, making issues of child abuse front and centre

Lady Gaga has received a standing ovation for her emotional performance of Til It Happens to You surrounded by sexual assault survivors at the 2016 Oscars.

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Invitation to survivors to participate in survey about their views and experiences of support services

Adult victims/survivors of institutional and/or extra-familial (outside the family) child sexual abuse and their parents/carers are invited to participate in an important survey conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies about their views and experiences of support services.

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Children of domestic violence – the silent, lasting effects
The need to respond proactively to trauma and violence in our society, as well as globally, has never been more urgent. From threats of terrorism, civil wars, genocide to those of domestic violence and child abuse we need to understand the impacts of trauma and address them.

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More older Aussies calling abuse helpline

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.

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Once again, ASCA's Blue Knot Day in 2015 was a great success. This year's theme of "supportive communities help survivors recover" asked communities to be receptive and supportive of the survivors who live among them. In response...

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Regional Conference of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD)

ASCA is proudly supporting the first Australia and New Zealand regional ISSTD conference on the 27th - 29th November 2015 in Sydney. This landmark conference will bring together an incredible breadth of knowledge, experience and skills from the ISSTD community.

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Seeking Volunteer Research Participants

Researchers at UNSW Sydney (The University of New South Wales) are seeking volunteer research participants to help us learn about the meanings, perceptions, and experiences of shame for adults who have experienced childhood sexual abuse. 

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Building a trauma-informed community by admin
on Tuesday, 3 October 2017.
Using research and practice evidence to inform complex trauma treatment, including child sexual abuse by admin
on Monday, 2 October 2017.


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Head to Health


“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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