“I am so proud to be an ambassador for an organisation whose heart is brave enough to be the voice for those who cannot speak for themselves, to stand in the gap and provide the services, support and advocacy to make a difference.
As a survivor of child sexual abuse, I am passionate and committed to changing the status quo and reducing the trauma and stigma surrounding child sexual abuse. I am a full-time police officer, survivor, speaker, and an author of a book ‘Unscathed Beauty,’ where I share my personal journey of abuse. Through this, my heart is to encourage the tough conversations, let survivors know they are not alone and to break the insidious cycle of child sexual abuse through awareness and education.
I stand with conviction and share the Bravehearts’ dedication to educating, empowering and protecting all children and their Vision of making Australia the safest place to raise a child.”
Bravehearts Inc. sets the standard in the provision of specialist therapeutic services and support to children and young people, adults and non-offending family members affected by child sexual assault.
Bravehearts Information and Support Line: Counselling services operate from Springwood (South of Brisbane), Strathpine (North Brisbane), Sydney (CBD) and Arundel (Gold Coast). Bravehearts can provide referral information to other services and counsellors outside these areas. 1800 272 831 (toll free)
Operating hours: 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday (AEST)*
*Please note hours vary on public holidays Clients with hearing and speech impairments can reach them through the National Relay Service.
- TTY users phone 1800 555 677 then ask for 1800 272 831
- Speak and Listen users phone 1800 555 727 then ask for 1800 272 831
- Internet relay users connect to the NRS iprelay.com.au/call/index.aspx then ask for 1800 272 831
Kelly is extremely passionate about education, empowerment and protecting kids and families by providing a rare and powerful insight into a topic rarely spoken about- Child Sexual Abuse.With 90% of offences occurring in the home, it is a topic that must be spoken about if change is to happen.As a survivor of child sexual abuse, Kelly, who has received a number of awards for her work, has written an account of her journey in her book “Unscathed Beauty, her darkest fight was her brightest light.”In her account of her story, Kelly reaches into the heart of child abuse and betrayal to a give a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves. She aims to reduce the stigma around child sexual abuse through Speaking, Writing, Blogging, Workshops and through empowering other survivors by sharing her story. No stranger to the sporting field, Kelly has been an international athlete in both soccer and track and field competing in Australia and in the USA. At the Child Safe Dinner in 2019 where Kelly was a guest speaker, she stated “The sporting field was where I learnt to survive, the relationships, the environment and the support were essential in giving me the courage and resilience to keep going. It’s no coincidence then that the first person I disclosed to, was my coach. It goes without saying that creating Safe Spaces for young people is not only essential, but it saves lives.” With a law enforcement background of 11 years, leadership and coaching certifications, a history of sport stemming 30 years, a certification in Personal Training and much more she is well positioned to be one of Australia’s foremost experts in navigating the road from trauma to triumph, and understanding the intricacies of child sexual abuse and trauma.
The Carly Ryan Foundation
www.carlyryanfoundation.com Counselling ServiceThe Carly Ryan Foundation provides a counselling service and resources for victims of Internet crime. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and support.
http://www.childwise.org.au A wide range of people affected by child abuse contact the Helpline, including victims, parents, relatives, teachers, friends, professionals, carers and many others. Many of the callers require information on the indicators of child abuse and what to do, information about issues related to normal child development and assistance on how to talk to children about personal safety.
Contact our toll-free National Child Abuse Helpline on:
National: 1800 99 10 99
International: +61 3 9645 8911
Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence National Help Line
- Get help with safety planning and finding support for dealing with violence and abuse.
- How to help a friend or relative affected by violence and abuse.
- Guidance on professional responsibilities and how to best assist people experiencing sexual assault and domestic and family violence.
Service Assisting Male Survivors of Sexual Assault (SAMSSA)
Sexual assault against males often goes unreported or even un-noticed. Society doesn’t expect men to victims of this nature. Most of the clients accessing support at SAMSSA are adult survivors of child abuse, but there is still some incidence of sexual violence against adult males.