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No Laughing Matter

Posted on 2 June 2021
No Laughing Matter

Tracy Adams, CEO, yourtown was key note speaker for the launch of No Laughing Matter campaign and podcasts series last month. The aim of the podcast series is to increase awareness and help people understand the reality of intra-familial child sexual abuse. The abuser may be a parent, step-parent, grandparent, sibling, or another family member.  The podcasts feature famous Australian's narrating courageous survivor stories and getting behind this very sensitive issue but important issue. This is a tough topic that can be triggering for some so please reach out to your support network if you need to.

Shocked, sad, uncomfortable

"Shocked, sad, uncomfortable all of these emotions and reactions are certainly true for me when hearing the experiences of those who have experienced sexual abuse by a family member.  But I also have great admiration for the courage shown, courage which I think ultimately we as a society should emulate.

We need to become comfortable with being uncomfortable - to being open to discussion on this most unsettling of subjects and most importantly ask ourselves what can we do to prevent, educate and support.  This is not a historical issue, it is happening today surely doing nothing is not an option".

Tracy Adams                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

CEO of yourtown which has as one of its services Kids Helpline, Australia's only 24x7 telephone and online counselling and support service for children and young people.

Kids Helpline Statistics:
2020 there were 972 responses provided where the counsellor recorded the reason for contact as Sexual Abuse/ Exploitation by a family member (intra-familial) this may have been a current issue, or where a young person has sought support from past trauma.

2020 - there were 1616 responses provided where the counsellor recorded the reason for contact as Sexual Assault/Sexual Harassment/Sexual Offending/Contact by a perpetrator this is a separate number count to the above and may or may not be external to the family. 

2019 there 798 responses provided where the counsellor recorded the reason for contact as Sexual Abuse/ Exploitation by a family member (intra-familial) this may have been a current issue, or where a young person has sought support from past trauma.

2019 - there were 1456 responses provided where the counsellor recorded the reason for contact as Sexual Assault/Sexual Harassment/Sexual Offending/Contact by a perpetrator this is a separate number count to the above.

As you can see there was an increase in 2020 across both intra-familial (22%) and non-family related assault (11%).

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