Child abuse survivors encouraged to share their stories
THE Royal Commission into child abuse could hold private meetings in parts of regional Queensland if there was enough interest from survivors.
But whether held in Brisbane, Bli Bli or Biloela, both the Commission and advocates say the most important thing is for those affected by abuse to share their worlds.
Child protection group Bravehearts founder and executive director Hetty Johnston said anyone affected by abuse would feel differently about sharing their story, but that every way was OK.
"Whatever needs to happen for them to facilitate that information to the Commission, whether anonymously or with a loud speaker, whatever works," Ms Johnston said.
"The only people in a position to protect the next five generations of children - the only people with that knowledge are the survivors out there today.
"Just call us and tell us and we will include the information without identifying anything or anyone.
"We will make it possible however it works for you."
The Commission heads to Brisbane for a month of face-to-face meetings with at least 80 who were targets of sexual abuse in institutions.
The hearings will likely return to Queensland as interest grows.
The goal of the Commission is to listen, hear and understand how children have been abused in Australian institutions.
For those uncomfortable with meeting, information can be passed on anonymously to the Commission or through advocates including Bravehearts by phone, letter or email.
Both Bravehearts the Commission said the amount of interest from regional Queensland was significant.
Ms Johnston said there was increasing contact from survivors across the state, particularly in regional, rural and remote areas.
SHARE YOUR STORY
If you are an abuse survivor, tell your story:
Commission hotline: 1800 099 340
Write: GPO Box 5283, Sydney, NSW 2001.
Contact Bravehearts: 1800 272 831