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12 November, 2020

Little Bravehearts raising funds for child sexual abuse survivor support

THE Emerald Community are raising funds for Bravehearts, Australia’s leading child protection group on May 8, 2021, as one in five children will be sexually assaulted by the age of 18.

By Ali Goddard

The Denim and Lace Model Support Group are holding a fundraiser at McIndoe Park to help sexually abused children supported by Bravehearts.

There will be a fashion show and family-friendly entertainment.

Founder of the Denim and Lace Model Support Group, Suszanne Withers, explained that her daughter had organised a cancelled fundraiser for Drought Angels.

“I decided to form a fundraising group to support local children,” Suszanne said.

“Our group has 160 members so far.

“We do a fundraiser every year, with the 2021 fundraiser being for Bravehearts.

Bravehearts Australia Research Director, Carol Ronken, said Bravehearts protect children and young people against child sexual assault and exploitation.

“Bravehearts began in 1997 when a disclosure by our Founder’s daughter said there was no support for victims and survivors of child sexual harms,” Director Ronken said.

“At the time there were no services dedicated to responding to and preventing childhood sexual abuse. 

“We protect children and young people from this horrific crime and provide a voice to those who are voiceless. 

For the full story, see this week's edition of The Highlands Leader

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