What helps and what hinders healing after child sexual abuse? Perspectives of those with lived experience 

The National Centre is committed to amplifying the voices of victims and survivors of child sexual abuse and ensuring their knowledge is at the core of all of its activities.

This special episode of In Conversation has been designed by the National Centre’s Survivor-led Adult College, discussing themes that they want service providers, researchers, policy makers and the community at large to think more about.

Moderated by the National Centre’s new Director of Lived Experience Leadership, Anna Bartsch, this webinar will explore:

  • Triggers – how they can present and what effects they can have.
  • Over-pathologising survivors and expecting a linear “recovery”.
  • Creative therapies and practices for healing.
  • The value of empathy and safety.

Speakers

Craig Mahoney, Member of the National Centre Survivor-led Adult College. Craig is a survivor of institutional child sexual abuse who lives managing multiple mental and physical health complexities every day. He is a self-described hybrid artist / mad scientist with a corporate background in technology, communications and renewable energy, but broader interests in science, philosophy, art and nature. Craig is a child of deaf parents and has been a consistent advocate for LGBTIQA+ rights, environmental causes and union movements throughout his life. In recent years, he has found therapeutic value in meditation as well as creative endeavours such as painting and making bespoke electronic devices, sculptures and home furnishings using e-waste, recycled plastics, resin and 3D printing. Foundationally, Craig believes in fairness, equality and the rights of all people to have access to a decent life.

Caitlin Marshall, Makeshift Creative Health Agency. Caitlin does not identify as a person with lived experience of child sexual abuse, however has been invited to contribute by a member of the Adult Survivor-led College. She is a social worker, facilitator and co-founder of MakeShift, a support and education agency that connects creativity and mental health, for social change. Together with her co-founder Lizzie Rose, she has devised a methodology of Creative First Aid and delivered this in trauma recovery programs, communities and with people one-on-one.

Caitlin is the co-author of Creative First Aid: The Science + Joy of Creativity for Mental Health. She is also a trainer for Full Stop Australia, a prevention, education and support organisation working to end sexual and gender-based violence, and specialises in vicarious trauma management, and ethical bystander intervention skills. Caitlin provides and leads reflective practice supervision for social workers and practitioners with a focus on vicarious trauma management and is engaged as a consultant to deliver violence prevention training and education to a range of organisations and sectors. She lives and works on Dharawal Country, in the Illawarra, and acknowledges the unceded lands we call Australia as the rightful lands of First Nations Australians.

Craig Hughes-Cashmore, SAMSN Survivors and Mates Support Network. Craig is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and one of SAMSN‘s co-founders. He was appointed as a Community Member on the Victims Advisory Board by the Attorney General of NSW and sits on the NSW Sentencing Council. Craig is also a member of Suicide Prevention Australia’s Lived Experience Panel, the National Memorial Advisory Group (Commonwealth Govt), the Expert Advisory Group for the Prevention and Response to Violence, Abuse and Neglect (NSW Health) and a member of Transforming Justice Australia’s Expert Advisory Panel. Craig is also the inaugural Chair of the Australian Centre for Child Protection’s Lived Experience Advisory Panel.

Previously, Craig has been a board member of Knowmore Legal Service and was appointed to the Prime Minister’s Reference Group for the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (delivered October 2018). Craig has also been a member of the NSW Sexual Assault Expert Group (NSW Health), the Safeguarding Council (Diocese of Parramatta), and the Survivor & Faith Group Child Safe Standing Committee (NSW Ombudsman).

Lyn MacLeod, Member of the National Centre Survivor-led Adult College. Lyn is proud to be a member of the National Centre Survivor-led Adult College, with living experience. In 2022, she made a report to the British Police for the historical child-on-child sexual abuse she was subjected to by an immediate family member. Sadly, due to changes in legislation from when the abuse occurred, no charges were able to be laid.  Lyn has also experienced intimate partner violence in multiple relationships and understands the impact of this, not just on her, but on her two children also.

As a registered nurse, Lyn has worked across the British and Australian health systems delivering critical care, grief and loss support, end of life care and, most recently, mental health and AOD care to some of the most vulnerable and stigmatised members of the Victorian community. She is passionate about making a difference to the lives of those who are unable to have their fundamental basic rights and needs met, which includes the victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.

Panda Cheong, Member of the National Centre Survivor-led Adult College. Panda (they/them) identifies as a peer practitioner. This is their coming out as a psychologist who has experienced child sexual abuse. Bye bye shame! Panda would like to introduce themselves outside of productivity: They value care, authenticity, and mutuality. They like the taoist principal of teaching through being. They believe the medicine trauma needs is connection. Right now they are connecting through nature, drawing, dance, music, parts and peers.

 

EVENT DETAILS

Time: 12pm-1.30pm AEST

Where: Online

Please note this webinar will be recorded.

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Understanding child sexual abuse

Ngagagee Ngulu Murrup Durra (‘The Ngagagee project’)
Preventing repeat child exploitation material offending: An international evaluation of the CEM-COPE Program
Conceptualising and Estimating the Costs of Child Sexual Exploitation (Phase One of Australian Study into Economic Costs of Child Sexual Exploitation)
An environmental scan of Child Sexual Abuse related workforce training offerings in Australia
Enhancing the capability of Australia’s Primary Health Workforce to respond to child sexual abuse
CHANGE – curtailing harm and navigating growth: evidence for change pathways of young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour
Amplifying the voices of victim-survivors: Advancing the harmful sexual behaviour evidence base – the Ava project
Reshaping the Conversation: Development of a shared language and preferred definitions guide endorsed by victims and survivors of child sexual abuse
Building a knowledge frame for responding to the needs of children and young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour
Children and Young People’s Safety Project
Child safe practices using contextual safeguarding strategies
The more I talk, the stronger I get: unlocking our past to free our future
Delivering trauma-informed support for child sexual abuse victims in Victoria: mapping the knowledge gaps and training needs of the specialist sectors
Online child sexual victimisation and associated mental health outcomes
Differentiating adverse childhood experience profiles of male youths who exhibit harmful sexual behaviours

Response to child sexual abuse

Ngagagee Ngulu Murrup Durra (‘The Ngagagee project’)
Preventing repeat child exploitation material offending: An international evaluation of the CEM-COPE Program
Evaluation of the Multi-Agency Investigation & Support Team
Conceptualising and Estimating the Costs of Child Sexual Exploitation (Phase One of Australian Study into Economic Costs of Child Sexual Exploitation)
Effect of multi-agency deliberation on perceptions of risk in responses to child abuse and neglect
The Australian child sexual abuse attitudes, knowledge and response study
CHANGE – curtailing harm and navigating growth: evidence for change pathways of young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour
Improving legal, policy and practice responses to the intersection of domestic violence perpetration and child sexual abuse offending
Into the war zone: disclosure and disbelief in the Family Court
Understanding the experiences of child sexual abuse disclosure in Australia in the wake of the Royal Commission
Building trauma-responsive sexual health and relationship education
Learning from victims and survivors about what helps disclosure and responses to child sexual abuse
Amplifying the voices of victim-survivors: Advancing the harmful sexual behaviour evidence base – the Ava project
The dignity by design project: survivor-led system redesign
Evaluating a harmful sexual behaviour education program in a residential care setting
Community as experts: investigating the context, needs and help-seeking pathways for child sexual abuse survivors and their supporters in the NSW Bega Valley
Developing and implementing a framework for abuse prevention through culture change and organisational development
Reshaping the Conversation: Development of a shared language and preferred definitions guide endorsed by victims and survivors of child sexual abuse
Building a knowledge frame for responding to the needs of children and young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour
Australian Child Maltreatment Study
Children and Young People’s Safety Project
Child safe practices using contextual safeguarding strategies
Enhancing the capacity of rural and regional respectful relationship educators
Strengthening relationships and connections for young people in therapeutic residential care
The safeguarding capability of adults in Catholic Church ministries: a global perspective
Creating safer futures: raising public awareness of child sexual abuse among young adults through digital storytelling
Survivor perspectives on institutional use of child sexual abuse material
The more I talk, the stronger I get: unlocking our past to free our future
Delivering trauma-informed support for child sexual abuse victims in Victoria: mapping the knowledge gaps and training needs of the specialist sectors
Online child sexual victimisation and associated mental health outcomes
Differentiating adverse childhood experience profiles of male youths who exhibit harmful sexual behaviours

Needs of victims and survivors

Ngagagee Ngulu Murrup Durra (‘The Ngagagee project’)
Evaluation of the Multi-Agency Investigation & Support Team
The Australian child sexual abuse attitudes, knowledge and response study
An environmental scan of Child Sexual Abuse related workforce training offerings in Australia
Enhancing the capability of Australia’s Primary Health Workforce to respond to child sexual abuse
Improving legal, policy and practice responses to the intersection of domestic violence perpetration and child sexual abuse offending
Into the war zone: disclosure and disbelief in the Family Court
Understanding the experiences of child sexual abuse disclosure in Australia in the wake of the Royal Commission
Building trauma-responsive sexual health and relationship education
Learning from victims and survivors about what helps disclosure and responses to child sexual abuse
Amplifying the voices of victim-survivors: Advancing the harmful sexual behaviour evidence base – the Ava project
The dignity by design project: survivor-led system redesign
Supporting continuous quality improvement in safeguarding at Hockey Australia and other national sporting organisations
Evaluating a harmful sexual behaviour education program in a residential care setting
Community as experts: investigating the context, needs and help-seeking pathways for child sexual abuse survivors and their supporters in the NSW Bega Valley
Enhancing the capacity of rural and regional respectful relationship educators
Creating safer futures: raising public awareness of child sexual abuse among young adults through digital storytelling
Survivor perspectives on institutional use of child sexual abuse material
The more I talk, the stronger I get: unlocking our past to free our future

Prevention of child sexual abuse

Ngagagee Ngulu Murrup Durra (‘The Ngagagee project’)
Preventing repeat child exploitation material offending: An international evaluation of the CEM-COPE Program
Conceptualising and Estimating the Costs of Child Sexual Exploitation (Phase One of Australian Study into Economic Costs of Child Sexual Exploitation)
The Australian child sexual abuse attitudes, knowledge and response study
An environmental scan of Child Sexual Abuse related workforce training offerings in Australia
CHANGE – curtailing harm and navigating growth: evidence for change pathways of young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour
Evaluating a harmful sexual behaviour education program in a residential care setting
Developing and implementing a framework for abuse prevention through culture change and organisational development
Building a knowledge frame for responding to the needs of children and young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour
Australian Child Maltreatment Study
Strengthening relationships and connections for young people in therapeutic residential care
Differentiating adverse childhood experience profiles of male youths who exhibit harmful sexual behaviours

Identification of child sexual abuse

The Australian child sexual abuse attitudes, knowledge and response study
An environmental scan of Child Sexual Abuse related workforce training offerings in Australia
Enhancing the capability of Australia’s Primary Health Workforce to respond to child sexual abuse
Supporting continuous quality improvement in safeguarding at Hockey Australia and other national sporting organisations
Evaluating a harmful sexual behaviour education program in a residential care setting
Developing and implementing a framework for abuse prevention through culture change and organisational development
Children and Young People’s Safety Project
The safeguarding capability of adults in Catholic Church ministries: a global perspective

Disclosure of child sexual abuse

Ngagagee Ngulu Murrup Durra (‘The Ngagagee project’)
The Australian child sexual abuse attitudes, knowledge and response study
An environmental scan of Child Sexual Abuse related workforce training offerings in Australia
Enhancing the capability of Australia’s Primary Health Workforce to respond to child sexual abuse
Improving legal, policy and practice responses to the intersection of domestic violence perpetration and child sexual abuse offending
Into the war zone: disclosure and disbelief in the Family Court
Understanding the experiences of child sexual abuse disclosure in Australia in the wake of the Royal Commission
Learning from victims and survivors about what helps disclosure and responses to child sexual abuse
Supporting continuous quality improvement in safeguarding at Hockey Australia and other national sporting organisations
Community as experts: investigating the context, needs and help-seeking pathways for child sexual abuse survivors and their supporters in the NSW Bega Valley