The Star Court Theatre in Lismore will next week be the venue
for Life After Sexual Abuse, an event for health
professionals, sex abuse survivors and their family members.
Organisers CASPA (Child and Adolescent Specialist Programs and
Accommodation) say it is an opportunity to better understand the
trauma inflicted by sexual violence and discuss strategies for
support and healing.
According to keynote speaker and sexual abuse survivor John
Saunders having a frank and open discussion about child sexual
abuse can create a safe space for people to ask questions and seek
The Q&A session offers the opportunity for the audience and
panel to discuss how we as individuals and as a community can
contribute to stopping sexual abuse in its tracks, John said.
He will explain the various impacts that the abuse he
experienced had on him as a child, teenager, adult, parent and
partner. He will also talk about strategies he used to overcome his
suffering to become an advocate and a counsellor for people who are
still struggling with the past.
The Q&A will be moderated by Naarah Morgan, CASPA GM and the
Survivors of childhood sexual abuse are amongst us, they are our
family, our friends, our colleagues, our neighbours, Naarah
Child protection is everyones business and together we can make
a difference in supporting those who have endured and survived this
She also advocated implementing safe and child-focused
environments throughout our community in the hope of preventing
The Q and A will be a powerful opportunity to hear from a
cross-section of experts, to raise questions and ideas about
childhood sexual abuse, its impact, its prevalence and the journey
If there has ever been an important conversation we as a society
need to be having, this is it, said Naarah.
The panel of seven specialists involved in the Q&A are:
Brad Hodges, Clinical Neuropsychotherapist, Complex Care
James Fraser, Clinician, CASPA
Kate Loubet, CEO, Heartfelt House
Lyn Patman, Therapeutic Services
Magistrate David Heilpern, Lismore Court
Professor Judy Atkinson, Trauma Specialist, Jiman and
Sharon Brodie, Clinical Lead and Sexual Assault Counsellor, NSW
Life After Sexual Abuse, Tuesday December 12,
5:30 pm 8:30 pm AEDT, Star Court Theatre, 126 Molesworth Street,
Lismore, NSW 2480
Tickets $15, concession $10, foster carers free.
Book online at: www.saunderslismore.eventbrite.com.au