Friday, 9 September 2022 is known as Bravehearts Day and builds upon the success of the White Balloon Day, the longest running child protection campaign.

On this important day, Turner Freeman Lawyers takes the opportunity to recognise the incredible work completed by the Bravehearts organisation in supporting and advocating for children and survivors of sexual abuse.

Bravehearts was founded in 1997 by Hety Johnson following her young daughter disclosing that she had been victim to sexual abuse.

The organisation aims to support survivors in three key ways: education, empowerment and protection.  They have developed personal safety education programs utilised by children and adults to help identify and act upon incidents of abuse.

Bravehearts also provides survivors, at risk young persons and their family members access to counselling services.  Their focus is to assist in the management of psychological symptoms arising from the trauma of sexual abuse.

Bravehearts also operate a free Redress Support Service known as Beyond Brave which assists and supports survivors during their applications to the National Redress Scheme.

They have also been involved in fighting for legislative reform to aid the rights of children and adult survivors via regular submissions to state and national governments on key issues in this area.

Aside from their advocacy work, Bravehearts seeks to always act with respect, integrity, empathy and bravery in their battle to prevent child sexual abuse.

Their aim, amongst all else, is to always protect children and survivors of sexual abuse.

We thank Bravehearts for their tireless efforts in protecting and supporting survivors.