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From the Editor

Poignant film, heartfelt poetry & stories, resources, tools, websites, & news.

Cissy, our guest writer from the US, shares a warm and honest insight into her mothering experience, juggling her own PTSD symptoms while trying to protect her daughter - helping her to know safety and comforts that she herself never experienced in childhood. 

Read our review of the film “Don’t Tell,” which will help educate a broader audience around some of the issues survivors face when speaking out and seeking justice.

Good folk from Albury champion our training programs, a new fundraising initiative is presented with possible benefits for  you as well as Blue Knot Foundation, and we share clip of the Royal family speaking out about their own mental health and trauma stories.

It is wonderful to hear from so many readers; your ideas, tips, tools, and resources for self care enrich this newsletter. If you have any ideas to share feel free to make contact via the email address provided below.

Our review notes the focus on men’s wellbeing at the Living Well website while also providing a good resource for all family members and supporters. Living Well not only offers plenty of interesting online reading but you could also test out their app and download a comprehensive booklet for free.

We are delighted to share two articles for ‘My Story’. Read the very personal story from Claire, who made the decision to step outside her anger and view her own father's own upbringing in context, an experience she explained to me was ‘cathartic’. The creative and powerful poem Intrepidity written for ‘My Story’ comes from our reader Tracy.

Our readers find inspiration and comfort in our sharing of stories from other survivors and supporters. We are interested in hearing from you in any format - stories / poems / artwork. The preferred maximum word count for My Story submissions is 1000 words. However, this is flexible in our new online format. Send to: newsletter@blueknot.org.au

Warm Regards, 
Jane Macnaught | Editor

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My Story – by Raine

Mothering at the Edge

Life has been so sweet of late and that, for me, has been emotional. I feel a mixture of joy and disbelief. This time of mothering a teen as a parent with ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences). 

I sit on the edge of my bed sorting socks and memories. 

A middle-aged mother in so many kinds of transition. 

Some mornings, I hear her feet softly on carpeted stairs; see her long hair rolling down her back almost touching her hips. I remember when she did not have hips.

The years I gathered her up each morning, carrying her down the stairs on my hip. The years, I combed, brushed and washed her hair. Those moments now rise in the steam, visible before evaporating.
Now, she brings herself to the table, coming with a plate of food she got and adorned in hair styles of her making.

She will not thank me for a decade of tending and untangling. She will never say “uppy” from knee height or crawl to me from the floor. She will not remember the years I was her ramp, ladder, and mattress or how I stretched to be the ground so she could bounce better.

I was often exhausted. I wonder if my daughter felt the bags under my eyes or the droop in my shoulders. Anxiety and despair were twin bees buzzing in my brain. How I’d try to hide the fear of being stung, make myself invisible to bees while present to her. I was searching for non-existent magic to treat PTSD gone too far and consoling, cuddling, changing diapers and getting food for her at the same time.

She got half a Mom too often. One arm was reaching towards her, but the other was fending off demons and dragons.

My ACEs etched on her building blocks. The way I didn’t know how to relax or play or feel safe.

Her steps are steady, strong and elegant now. Those feet once needed early intervention sessions, physical therapy and stretches. I was told ice skating would be out for her and ballet, too though her countless costumes fill bins in our basement. 

How she proved the experts wrong. How we both did.

Christine Cissy White
Writer. Activist. Mother. Writer ACEs Connection, Parenting with ACEs and founder; www.healwritenow.com.

Read full article here: http://www.blueknot.org.au/ABOUT-US/Media/Blog/ID/76/Mothering-At-The-Edge

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Junction Support Services

Junction Learns from Blue Knot Foundation

Junction Support Services were pleased to send members of their Specialist Adolescent Services team to attend training with Blue Knot Foundation to help them to better support their clients who have experienced trauma.

The agency is a not-for-profit organisation situated in North Eastern Victoria. It supports community members who are disadvantaged through poverty, family violence, mental health, addiction and family breakdown. 

The team attended Blue Knot Foundation’s workshop, A Three Phased Approach –Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients, which was held in Albury. This was a two-day intensive professional development experience to support people in healing from multiple and complex traumas.

The Specialist Adolescent Services Manager Michelle Fell said it was a valuable opportunity for our team to have specialist training locally with a nationally recognised organisation dedicated to helping trauma survivors. 

“Our staff are highly qualified but we’re always looking to improve our skills and learn new techniques for the benefit of our clients who have experienced trauma,” she said.

One of the challenges for our team is that we’re seeing more complex cases, in which people have experienced multiple instances of trauma.

The Specialist Adolescent Services team’s work includes:

  • Case management and wellbeing support for young people in educational settings, as well as assisting students who have become disengaged from education 
  • Mentoring programs which assist young people to develop a positive community connection 
  • Support and case management for children, young people and families with the aim of preventing child protection involvement
  • Support and case management for young people who are preparing to leave statutory care or have just left

Blue Knot Foundation supports survivors, their families and communities through professional phone counselling, information and resources, advocacy and educational workshops. It also delivers professional development training, group supervision and consultancy for workers, organisations and practitioners working with survivors.

Click here to find out more about Blue Knot Foundation training.

This article has been edited for Breaking Free and originally appeared http://www.junction.org.au/?p=2613

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Website suggestion from Blue Knot Helpline

Improving the Family Law System

Trigger Warning: This article refers to a questionnaire – if you choose to complete the online form the process may cause you distress and you may need support, if appropriate please call the Blue Knot Helpline on 1300 657 380 (9am-5pm AEST, 7 days). Calls that cannot be answered directly will be returned as soon as possible, so please leave a message with your phone number, and state of residence. You might also call other helplines that are referenced within the article.

On 16 March 2017, a Committee of the Australian Parliament adopted an inquiry into how Australia’s federal family law system can better support and protect people affected by family violence.

The Committee wants to ensure that its findings are informed by those with personal experience relating to family violence and the family law system. 

Anyone who has direct or indirect experiences or ideas is encouraged to participate.

There are a number of ways in which you can provide evidence:

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The online questionnaire is very thorough with over 60 questions and could take some time (1 – 2 hours) to complete depending on your answers and experience.

For more information go to www.aph.gov.au/fvlawreform including how to receive relevant support during the process.


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My Story – Cutting Out Hate

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Today I watched a re-run of “Judging Amy”, a courtroom-based TV drama series. This particular episode concerned a girl aged about 11 whose mother had failed to protect the child from her stepfather’s sexual abuse. The girl took her mother’s gun, lay in wait for the stepfather in her bedroom, and when he came in, she shot him dead.

I couldn’t help wondering – what if I’d killed my abuser, who was my own father? How would my life have turned out? The child in the TV episode was sentenced to two years in a juvenile institution, which was obviously harsh and unfair, but that’s America.

The judicial system in Britain, where I grew up, is kinder to children. Maybe they would have locked me up for a year, or six months, or not at all? 

I might have even been adopted by a loving family… I actually used to fantasise all the time that I was adopted and that my real family would come for me one day.

But my reality was that from day one, I was effectively in prison – physically and psychologically – right up to the day I knew I’d escaped my father’s malign influence for good. I was 31 years old.

That's 31 years in jail for the crime of being born as me, shut away with a father who got his enjoyment in life from abusing me sexually, physically and psychologically. Meanwhile, my mother stayed silent in the background throughout my childhood, joining in from time to time with physical blows of her own. Now that's harsh and unfair, wouldn't you say?

So you might think it strange that one day, soon after my first child was born, I decided to make peace – not with my father (who could never admit he’d done anything wrong) but with myself, laying to rest the resentment and bitterness I’d felt towards him my whole life.

I could easily have carried on the cycle of abuse, as he had done from his own childhood. I could have visited all of that pent-up fury on my own children, as he did on me. I chose to take another path, and in so doing, I became a happier person than he ever was, as well as an infinitely better parent.

Ironically, my father ended his life as a prisoner of the dementia that ravaged his mind. By the time of our last ever meeting on a trip back to England, just over a year before he died, he had forgotten that I’d emigrated to Australia. After lunch, I mentioned that I had to catch my flight. He wanted to know where I was going, and on being told, asked: “When are you coming back?"

As he and my mother stood on the doorstep to wave me off, I looked at him and saw a stooped, sad shell of a human being, white-haired and frail, about as far removed as you could get from the terrifying parent and much-feared school principal he had once been. I felt sorry for him. 

The abuse I endured at his hands is a part of who I am, and I’ll probably never be totally free of its effects. But I no longer have to carry the burden of hatred of my father as well as the permanent scarring he caused. So does this mean I forgave him? Well, part of the way I broke the cycle of abuse was to take a big step back, to examine his own childhood and to come to an understanding of why he did what he did. From there, it was a short step to two cathartic realisations. 

First, the abuse was not personal on his part – he was an abuser waiting for a victim, and he would have done it to his firstborn child, no matter who he married or whether that child was male or female. It just happened to be me. As with all abused kids, the treatment I received was not my fault in any way whatsoever.

Second, the fact I was able to understand why he abused me, and then to set aside my resentment, made me a better person than he was: as far as I could tell, he’d never made any attempt to deal with the legacy of his own childhood. He certainly used to speak of his own father with undisguised loathing.

And so I was able to reach a kind of forgiveness, without at all absolving my father of the deliberate choice he made every single day to abuse me. On the day I drew a line under my negative feelings and cut them out of my life, it felt as though I’d lifted a massive rock off my shoulders, dropped it into a lake and watched it sink, with no feeling but unconditional joy.


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My Story – by Tracy


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Education and Training

DON'T TELL: Important & Compelling Cinema

This is not the story of money or compensation – it’s about a terrible truth that was hidden and needs to be told.

Trigger warning: This article may contain content that may disturb some readers. If reading this story causes you distress and you need support, please call the Blue Knot Helpline on 1300 657 380 (9am-5pm AEST, 7 days). Calls that cannot be answered directly will be returned as soon as possible, so please leave a message with your phone number and state of residence. 

Don’t Tell is the story of a young woman who fought back after enduring sexual abuse at a prestigious private school. With a dogged and determined local lawyer by her side, Lyndal takes on the powerful church that denied her abuse for over a decade. Based on true events that changed Australian child protection laws, Don’t Tell is a poignant story about finding the courage to stand up, speak out and fight against injustice.

Don’t Tell is a powerful film about sexual abuse, victim blaming and a world so caught up in preserving reputations that it ignores people who need help the most. There are times during this brilliant Australian-made film where you’ll want to turn away, because the images appearing on screen can be an intense movie-going experience.

But missing even a moment of this movie would be an injustice and a mistake. Because this story really happened, right here in our own backyard, and this is a tale that needs to be told.

The film is based on lawyer Stephen Roche’s book Don’t Tell and tells the true story of Lyndal (Sara West), a young woman who is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the prolonged sexual abuse she suffered as a 12 year old, all while attending the prestigious Toowoomba Prep School. The abuse was at the hands of boarding master, Kevin Guy (Gyton Grantley).

Dont tell imageDon't Tell pulls no punches in its first moments. The film opens straight onto a scene where Lyndal, now aged 21, is fleeing the place she had been calling home as gun shots ring out behind her.

Lyndal has been estranged from her family for many years, but now the clock is ticking, as there is only a small window of time left to bring her case to trial before she turns 22 and her chance is gone forever.

The real Lyndal took on a legal battle and won against Toowoomba Preparatory School in 2001, after she was sexually abused in 1990. It was this ground breaking civil court decision that was the catalyst for improved childcare safeguards in Queensland.

Shine Lawyers National Legal Partner Jodie Willey was just 21 years old when she came onto the case as lead lawyer, a case which saw Blue Cards (a prevention and monitoring system for people working with children and young people) introduced in Queensland.

The case also paved the way for a multitude of survivors to come forward and share their own stories.  One of the most outstanding aspects of Don't Tell are the performances turned in by the phenomenal Australian cast. Susie Porter and Martin Sacks speak volumes in their portrayals of Lyndal's parents, even when no dialogue is written for them in the scene. Rachel Griffiths, Jacqueline McKenzie and Longmire's Robert Taylor also round out the excellent cast.

But it's Sara West as Lyndal, who is a revelation. Through her heartbreaking performance, you get the feeling she is not just telling Lyndal's story, but giving a voice to the thousand of sexual abuse survivors across Australia who have struggled down a similar path.

For every little girl (and boy) across Australia who has been forced to walk down a similar path, I hope Don't Tell gives a voice to their pain. And hopefully it helps future generations of survivors to know that their stories also deserve to be told.

This is an edited version of the original review that can be found: http://www.mamamia.com.au/dont-tell-australian-movie/

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Helpful Conversations

Royals Encouraging Britons to Start Simple & Important Conversations

“Break down the stigma”

“Let’s all talk about mental health”

“Everyday conversations can change the direction of an entire life” everyday conversations

In so many high profile interviews where the celebrity reveals they have a history of depression, breakdowns, suicidality, childhood trauma, or addictions, what they all say is:

“the hardest thing for me initially was talking – telling someone about my issues was so difficult, it is just not something you can easily talk about or bring up”

As part of a mental health campaign Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have recorded a personal informal clip to help tackle stigma about discussing mental health beyond a “tipping point” and into public acceptability. Please view this conversation here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=45RqUmxDXiY.

In recent years more and more members of the general public are becoming aware of the prevalence and effects of trauma on mental health. However, many people feel poorly equipped to have everyday conversations with people they know or suspect have actually experienced trauma.

Blue Knot Foundation is pleased to have recently released Talking about trauma: guide to everyday conversations for the general public. This paper has been researched and written by Blue Knot Foundation to help fill that gap. It provides a simple guide, in plain English, to support these critical conversations. 

This downloadable document is a useful and timely resource for the broader community. As a member of our Blue Knot community we invite you to have a look at the paper and share a link in your circles so that we can play a part in creating a more trauma-informed society.

Whether you are starting the conversation yourself (because you suspect a person is experiencing/has experienced trauma) or you are responding to a person telling you about their trauma. The document contains up to date information, evidence and tips to help manage the conversation challenges and minimise the risks.

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Energy Locals

Switched on for Blue Knot

Blue Knot Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of a new partnership with independent energy supplier, ‘Energy Locals’, a “growing social enterprise that’s shaking up the energy sector”. 

Launched at the start of the year, Energy Locals was established to “make energy cleaner, fairer and cheaper for all customers with no lock-in contracts and simple prices that will never increase for profit”, said Ryan Withers, Energy Locals Partnerships Executive.

“As a social enterprise, we’d like to see energy customers get treated fairly, save money and be able to contribute to great local projects and causes through an everyday bill”, said Ryan. 

The Energy Locals community giving program ensures that 50% of the enterprise’s profit is shared with Australian communities and charities, and directed into new, local renewable energy. This service allows supporters to donate half of their energy bill profits to their preferred charity, helping organisations to contribute to their communities. 

We are delighted that Blue Knot Foundation have partnered with us”, said Ryan. “We recognise the great work being done in the community by the foundation, and look forward to Energy Locals and our customers being able to contribute to your vital services in supporting survivors of childhood trauma

For further information, visit www.energylocals.com.au/blue-knot-foundation

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Education & Training

Educational Workshop for Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma & Abuse in Perth

Our generous donor has provided the funding specifically for this WA workshop

This full-day educational workshop provides a safe space for people who have experienced any form of abuse or other trauma in childhood to learn more about the ways in which different childhood traumas can affect people. 

Survivor workshop

The information provided can help people identify the ways in which their own experiences may have affected them and the ways in which they have coped. The workshop also helps people to make a connection between their childhood trauma or abuse and their current life circumstances.

The workshop helps to raise awareness about survivors’ strengths and resilience, the role of coping strategies, how the brain responds to stress, and most importantly research which shows that recovery is possible. Participants will gain information which may help them build on their strengths, understand their reactions and ways of coping better and begin to identify strategies for positive change. Participants will also receive information about finding and engaging good support, accessing helpful resources and self-care strategies.

Details for the workshop:

Date: Saturday 12 August 2017
Venue & Address: Adina Apartment Hotel Perth - 33 Mounts Bay Rd, Perth, Western Australia, 6000
Time: 10 am - 4 pm

Survivor workshops are free to attend and spaces do fill quickly. For more information and to book your place, please follow this link or contact us at training@blueknot.org.au or on 02 8920 3611.  

This workshop is educational rather than therapy; it focuses on safety, self-care and support. While there is some group discussion during the workshop, there is no obligation to speak and participants are not encouraged to share their stories. Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page to view some commonly asked questions regarding this workshop.

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In this section, we review self care/help resources our Blue Knot Helpline counselling team collects to share with people who call the Helpline. We are delighted to share these ideas with our Breaking Free readers. What is helpful for one person may not be right for someone else so please experiment, explore and find what suits you.

Website suggestion from Blue Knot Helpline

Focus on Men's Wellbeing

Living Well is based in South East Queensland and works to support men who have been sexually abused. The website features a collection of stories, ideas and resources - they bring together men’s experiences, accounts of justice, thoughts, affirmations and inspirations. There is also a self-assessment tool, that some people may find useful alongside ideas for support and links to other useful sites, books and videos.

You can access a 33 page booklet by free download: “Living Well; A Guide For Men”. 

Counsellors on the Blue Knot Helpline have shared this website with men and found it is also useful for women, partners, families, and anyone looking for a well-laid out interesting site. One story on the website was by John who was sexually abused by his older brother. Memories taunted John, impacting him severely and negatively affecting his life and wellbeing. Some 30 years after the abuse he was supported by his local police to press charges against his brother and justice was finally delivered. 

An App is also available for free download from your app store, at https://www.livingwell.org.au/get-support/living-well-app/.

The app has some useful sections for men sexually abused in childhood, their partners, family members, friends and health care professionals.

The Relaxation Section provides a series of short, focused routines, which you can read through or listen to, through audible guides. They are designed to help you slow down your breathing and relax when you are tense.  

There is also a Mindfulness section, focused on relaxing, while paying attention to things about yourself and your environment. Regular practice can increase your awareness and enhance your sense of control and choice.

Time 2 Breathe is an added tool in the app. It helps you set your number of breaths per minute. A little beep, chime or vibrating can be used to help you simply breathe for 2 minutes. This can be useful if you are feeling anxious, or stressed as focusing on your breath for the 2 minutes can help you settle. 

The app also provides a number of simple tips to support your physical well being – eating, sleeping and exercising. You can set up reminders so the app supports you throughout the day and personalize different elements to suit your needs.

Blue Knot Foundation makes every effort to provide readers of its website and newsletters with information which is accurate and helpful. It is not however a substitute for counselling or professional advice. While all attempts have been made to verify all information provided, Blue Knot Foundation cannot guarantee and does not assume any responsibility for currency, errors, omissions or contrary interpretation of the information provided.

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Childhood abuse a 'torturous life sentence', royal commission hears

The damage inflicted by childhood abuse is lifelong and catastrophic but support services for victims are "grossly inadequate", a royal commission has heard.

Shelly Braieoux​ told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse she still suffers decades after allegedly being abused in a religious organisation.  

"Being a survivor of sexual abuse is like being in a lifelong invisible war," she said.

"If the scars of sexual abuse were visual I'm sure I would be in a wheelchair with missing limbs and horribly deformed with burns and scars."

The 45-year-old mother of four has ongoing physical and mental health problems including depression, anxiety and panic attacks.

"Even though we may have physically survived, we have been sentenced to a torturous life sentence full of unnumbered battles," she said.

"The damage is catastrophic. I was robbed of my innocence, my childhood, my adolescence, young adulthood and the years since."

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Child abuse royal commission: Justice McClellan warns churches to change or risk illegitimacy

Every major Australian church has been cautioned to better protect children or risk illegitimacy.

In a speech to the National Council of Churches, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse chairman Justice Peter McClellan urged religious leaders to act on his recommendations.

"What we can be certain of is that any institution which does not acknowledge past wrongs and the need for change will lose the confidence of Australians," he said via a recorded video.

"The community will not accept the legitimacy of any institution which does not give priority to the safety and wellbeing of the children for which it has responsibility."

Justice McClellan detailed the exhaustive work of Australia's largest royal commission, which has examined 1.2 million documents and heard evidence from more than 1,200 witnesses over 440 sitting days.

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National Redress Scheme gets early funds 

The federal government has put up an initial $33.4 million for a national scheme to compensate child sexual abuse victims, prompting calls for the states to get on board.

The scheme will begin taking applications for redress from survivors of abuse in commonwealth institutions from July next year.

The national scheme relies on the states, churches and charities agreeing to opt into it and to fund redress for their own survivors.

Attorney-General George Brandis and Social Services Minister Christian Porter will brief state and territory attorneys-general later in May about the details of the scheme and hold a similar briefing for non-government organisations.

"We continue to encourage the states, territories and non-government institutions to maximise the impact of the scheme by opting-in on a 'responsible entity pays' basis, which will ensure the best possible redress scheme for survivors," they said.

The Catholic Church's Truth Justice and Healing Council chief executive Francis Sullivan said an Australian scheme would not work unless the state governments stepped up.

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Child sex abuse: Catholic bishops 'must meet Pope Francis to push for urgent change'

Australia's bishops must lead an urgent delegation to Pope Francis seeking changes to some of the church's most fundamental views on women, celibacy, governance and the handling of child sex cases, according to Australia's peak Catholic reform group in a call to arms to Catholics across the country.

In an open letter sent to all parishes, Catholics for Renewal has urged bishops and archbishops not to "defer to the Holy See", or wait for the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, before acting on serious issues identified by the commission that contributed to the child sexual abuse crisis.

Catholics for Renewal president and former senior Australian government bureaucrat, Peter Johnstone, said bishops needed to be prepared to urge Pope Francis to require mandatory reporting of all child sex abuse allegations to police and immediately appoint women to the church's highest ranks.

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'A tsunami of survivors': Law firms swamped by historical child abuse victims

Australian legal firms are experiencing unprecedented demand from people who have suffered alleged child sexual abuse in institutions such as churches, schools and youth groups.

The demand has been spurred on by revelations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and legal reforms which allow survivors to make a claim for damages regardless of when the abuse allegedly occurred.

Shine Lawyers received 61 inquiries about historical child sexual abuse in 2012, prior to the commencement of the royal commission in 2013. Last year the firm received 730 inquiries, an increase of more than 1000 per cent.

Law firm Maurice Blackburn has also experienced a surge in people exploring their legal options, with hundreds of new inquiries.

Shine Lawyers abuse law principal Lisa Flynn said the commission had created widespread public awareness about the devastating impact of abuse.

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Lake Macquarie Council slammed over photographs

NSW Local Government Minister Gabrielle Upton has demanded Lake Macquarie Council remove the portraits of convicted sex offenders from its chambers, urging the council to “just get on with it”.

Ms Upton called on Thursday for the council to remove the images of Milton Orkopoulos and Douglas Carley.

“They just need to get on to the job of taking those portraits down,” Ms Upton said in a statement to the Herald.

“No one stands in the way, I don’t stand in the way. 

“They’re just completely out of touch.

“It doesn’t make any sense and it’s entirely in the council’s hands to do the right thing. 

“Those portraits should be removed today. 

“They should just get on with it and that is my request to them.”

PORTRAITS of two senior public officials who are convicted sex offenders remain hanging in the Lake Macquarie City Council chambers, to the outrage of advocates for survivors of abuse.

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