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BLUE KNOT DAY
There is an estimated 5 million
victims of child abuse in Australia.
Support needed for victims of child abuse
There is an estimated 5 million victims
of child abuse in Australia.
One of those victims is Hannah
She was sexually abused between
the ages of six and 11 by her uncle.
"It happened on my grandparents'
farm,'' she said.
"It didn't click that what actually
happened was abuse.
"When I told my parents they were
They confronted my uncle and my
uncle actually admitted it, which was
But the psychological torment
would continue for more than
Despite strong support from her
parents she would experience severe
episodes of depression and even
A nurse in her 40s now, who has
lived in Canberra for almost two
decades, she said it had only been the
past two or three years that she had
managed to move on from her abuse.
"It is like a scar,'' she said.
"I can see that it is still there but it
doesn't have that power to hurt me any
On October 27 -- Blue Knot Day --
the Adults Surviving Child Abuse will
ask the community to unite in support
of those victims of childhood trauma.
ASCA president Cathy Kezelman
said the Royal Commission into
Institutional Responses to Child
Sexual Abuse had made the
significance of this year's Blue Knot
Day more prominent.
"This year Blue Knot Day will
focus its attention on the education and
training urgently needed for health
professionals and organisations
working with survivors,'' Dr
The organisation is urging people to
host activities at home, at church
gatherings or a company event that
will raise awareness of the problem
and support the victims.
This year's Blue Knot Day official
event will take place at Canberra's
Parliament House on October 27.
For more information about
Blue Knot Day and support
services for child abuse victims
*Hannah Stewart is a pseudonym.
Everyone's job to
lock up properly
in shared housing
Behind the blue line
A security door on an underground car park
which opens at the push of a button is a
convenience that many apartment dwellers in
Canberra take for granted.
However, such is the level of convenience that
unfortunately some residents are less inclined to
follow some simple rules to ensure they help
protect their own property, and that of everyone
else in the building complex.
One of the often-forgotten elements of living
within a shared building complex is that
everyone in the building contributes to the safety
and security of the other residents. There is a
shared responsibility in choosing to live in this
This responsibility extends to how every
resident uses shared parts of the building,
including the underground car parks.
Burglaries within underground car parks --
including vehicles and individual storage bays --
is an issue which, like most crime types, arises
intermittently within Canberra. There was
increased incidence mid-year, and a slight rise in
this crime type has been detected again,
particularly within Canberra's inner suburbs.
Burglary from underground car parks is
preventable, and an easy remedy -- or at least,
one which makes it more difficult for offenders
-- is available.
Patience and vigilance by those who use the
car park is the basic key to enhanced security.
Offenders usually take advantage of residents
coming and going, and failing to wait for the
security gate to completely close the door, in
order to gain easy entry.
When entering or leaving the car park, those
extra 10-20 seconds it takes for the security gate
to seal are vital. While waiting for the gate,
residents should keep watch for any suspicious
activity around them.
If you see someone entering as the security
gate opens or closes and you don't recognise
them, then you have every right to question
whether they have a valid reason to do so. Or if
you are not confident in doing so, call Police
Operations immediately on 131 444 and report
it. Similarly, if you are using your residential car
park and see people there acting suspiciously,
then report it.
Having good quality CCTV cameras around
an apartment complex -- some overt and some
less obvious -- are very useful to any police
investigation, as are other measures, such as
keeping all building entries and exits clear of
trees and shrubs where burglars may hide.
Once inside a secure car park, offenders will
look to steal anything valuable they can find
inside, including house keys or electronic swipe
cards which they can use to access the same
Storage areas are also targeted by offenders,
with recreational equipment such as bikes stolen.
A good defence against burglary and theft is to
treat any underground car park the same as if it
was public and open. In other words, secure your
car properly, hide any items which may be
tempting to thieves, and make sure you remove
any swipe cards or security keys from your
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