Child abuse campaign day moving from church this year
THE annual Blue Knot Day forum will be held in a neutral Lismore venue this year instead of the Casino Anglican Church.
The forum, which is associated with the Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) Blue Knot Day campaign, will be held at the Lismore Workers Club on Keen St on Sunday.
Event organiser Robbie Gambley said while the church "had been wonderful hosts", it was time for a fresh start.
"Because of all that's been happening in the Royal Commission, I knew victims of abuse that just wouldn't go to the church service," he said.
ASCA will today host Blue Knot Day, a national awareness campaign designed to support adult survivors of childhood trauma.
Mr Gambley said any victims of child abuse were welcome to attend the Lismore forum.
"It's to be among other, I don't like the word victim but sadly that's the word, other victims and get support that way," he said.
"I was sexually abused by a school teacher and I kept it to myself for more than 20 years.
"Finally I went to the police after a lot of counselling.
"I just don't want anyone else going through what I did. It was a dreadful 20 years."
Mr Gambley said the forum is an opportunity for people to talk about their concerns.
"It's breaking down the shame of it all," he said.
"People were so kind to me, and you get a completely different outlook if you talk to someone."
Those interested in attending the forum can contact the Workers Club on 6621 7401 by Saturday. The event will begin at 10am.
Mr Gambley is among the guest speakers while police representatives have also been invited to speak.