Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is a hero.
Coming forward and speaking out about being sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh and having to publicly relive her experience and facing hateful backlash, for the good of her country’s judicial system is one of the bravest things I will witness in my lifetime.
However, if you are a survivor of or experiencing sexual abuse and these events and their coverage has been triggering or harmful in any way to your mental health, I urge you to reach out.
If you need it, here is a list of resources available in Australia.
IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER CONTACT 000
Australia wide, free 24/7 sexual assault support can be reached at:
1800 737 732 (1800 RESPECT)
Additional national services:
For adults surviving child abuse-
1300 657 380 9am-5pm Monday to Sunday AEST
blueknot.org.au/ (providing online resources for survivors)
Telephone counselling for survivors, children aged 5-18 years old and non-offending family members and child protection advocacy-
1800 272 831 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday AEST
Online support for male survivors of sexual assault-
To find state specific services for sexual assault, domestic violence, reporting abuse and legal services click here and select your state and required service.
While not specifically for sexual assault, these support services provide 24/7 support:
Kids Helpline: free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for people aged 5-25 years.
1800 55 1800
Lifeline: 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services.
13 11 14
Please seek the support that you need, you don’t have to go through this alone.
I believe you.