A better way

on behalf of the children

and the facts of their lives

A broken social system is not a suitable environment in which to raise children

A healthy and well adjusted child requires a healthy and well adjusted environment in which to grow

There are no better educated minds in regards the prevention and survival of sexual abuse than those who have both prevented and survived.

My Broken Society :: Support CASA in 15 seconds

Got 15 seconds? Take 15 seconds to vote for Prof Freda Briggs in her role as patron of ASCA, a child sexual abuse survivor network which is in serious funding strife and they have literally gone onto these electronic streets with their bowl in hand seeking funding.

IGA supermarkets will donate $5000 to ASCA if she wins the community worker of the year award.

The link is below - this literally takes 15 seconds and can bring a much needed $5000.00 to support those who support child abuse victims.

Your 15 seconds will help go towards funding for a qualified psychologist. These psychological services literally saves lives.

15 seconds of your life to support those in need. Thats the easiest way to support those making a real difference.IGA - Unsung heroes

Freda was the recipient once again this year of another prestigious award - however there has been no additional funding made available to actually assist with the work.

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L–R: Ms Laura Robins (ASCA Patron); Ms Jillian Skinner MP; Ms Ita Buttrose AO, OBE (ASCA Patron); Dr Cathy Kezelman (ASCA Head of Strategy and Policy); Mr Mikey Robins (ASCA Patron), 2007.

ASCA is proud to have the following people as its patrons:

Prof. Freda Briggs, AO

Professor Freda Briggs is Foundation Dean of the De Lissa Institute of Early Childhood and Family Studies, Professor of Childhood Development at the University of South Australia,recipient of the inaugural Australian Humanitarian Award,ANZAC Fellowship Award, the Jean Denton Memorial Fellowship,the Creswick Fellowship Award and the Senior Australian of the Year Award 2000. 'In the 2005 Queens Birthday Honours, Emeritus Professor Freda Briggs, ASCA's patron received an Officer (AO) in the General Division Award for service to raising community and professional awareness of child abuse and neglect, and as advocate for effective child safety education programs.'

Short Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
2005AW Jones Foundation Oration in the Edler Hall at the University of Adelaide on 9 March 2005, entitled Every School’s Worst Nightmare: Child Sexual Abuse.(PDF)
spacer arrowPhotographs of Freda Briggs and the new plaque unveiled by the Prime Minister for Australia Day 2006 on the walkway of honour beside Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra.

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Ms Ita Buttrose AO, OBE

Ita Buttrose is not only a businesswoman, journalist, author,TV panelist and presenter but has also contributed widely to many areas of community need.

Ita has had an extensive and impressive career in print,radio and television. She is a former Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph, Publisher of ACP Press Ltd Women’s Division responsible for The Australian Women’s Weekly, Cleo, Belle, Bride and Mode. She was the youngest-ever Editor of the Women’s Weekly, founding Editor of Cleo and Editor-in-Chief of the Sun Herald. She has been honoured with a number of awards and appointments some of which have been groundbreaking occasions when she has been the first woman to have received such award or appointment.She is currently Editor of bark!, Consulting Editor for Highlife Magazine and Editor-at- Large for OK!Magazine.

She is the author of seven books including her best-selling autobiography called A Passionate Life. She has recently completed her eighth book - a motivational book - which will be published by Penguin in October this year.

In 1988 appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)for service to the community, particularly in the fields of medical education and health care. In the Queen's Birthday list 1979 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for service to journalism. She was the first woman to be awarded the Harnett Medal for community service and achievements in publishing, journalism, radio and television.

"With the incidence of abuse continuing to rise,the population of survivors is burgeoning and their needs are not being met by mainstream services. The persistent lack of (Federal and State) Government support is causing the impact of child abuse to cripple the adult lives of survivors throughout Australia...

"What I most like about ASCA is that it gets positive results. Through the care and expertise of its volunteers,ASCA helps survivors of child abuse overcome the shame and hurt so many of them feel, and equips them to face the future in a healthier, more positive way...

"ASCA has been leading the way for 10 years. Its work is invaluable and makes so much sense that you have to wonder what it else it has to do to receive some kind of ongoing Government funding. Even though child abuse is a major social and mental health issue in Australia – and survivors one of the neediest groups in our community – ASCA receives no recurrent Government funding, State or Federal....

"ASCA is the only national organisation that cares for the needs of survivors of all forms of abuse and neglect and it does so primarily with volunteer labour. It fulfils an important need in our community...

"When I meet and talk with child abuse survivors I give thanks for my own carefree and innocent childhood.As a patron of ASCA I am committed to help survivors overcome the silence and stigma that perpetuate the victimisation of this group." (Ita Buttrose)

Mr Mikey Robins

Mikey Robins is one of Australia's best loved, intelligent, hilarious and most in demand entertainers, his career in both radio and TV has led to him becoming one of the most recognisable faces and voices in Australian entertainment history. He has recently joined the breakfast team at Radio , VEGA 95.3.

"I have always felt that no society can be considered whole until it's most vulnerable members feel safe." (Mikey Robins)

Ms Laura Robins

Laura Robins is a long term supporter of ASCA. She has a strong social conscience having previously proven her mettle with a 2 year stint as Mikey’s manager, has returned to university to complete a media and communications course.

"I have the greatest admiration for people who have survived the torment of child abuse in all its forms. I believe it is important that there are organisations like ASCA to support their recovery, support they were not given when they were a vulnerable and powerless child." (Laura Robins)

On the sexual abuse, exploitation & deception of children

There is no excuse for sexual abuse according to our law and government except when the abuse has been carried out by Catholic clergy.

"This is a matter for the church and I respect the internal judgements of the church. I don’t stand outside the church and provide them with public lectures in terms of how they should behave..."

Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia, 17 July 2008.


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This is perhaps the most horrific act of abandonment perpetrated against the children of a specific religion by an Australian head of State and is recorded in our history for perpetuity as being made by Kevin Rudd on 17 July 2008, when he spoke in regards those affected by the sexual abuses carried out by Catholic clergy.http://www.pm.gov.au/media/Interview/2008/interview_0363.cfm

This is a deeply flawed and invalid response both morally and legally which includes all victims of clergy abuse being referred over to the leader of the Catholic Church or the respective leaders of other Churches or Religions when quite clearly sexual abuse by clergy is a phenomena found in many Churches and religions and it simply is not within the Prime Ministers realm to pass responsibility for those sexually abused by Catholic and non-Catholic clergy over to the Catholic church or anyone else.

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Is it any wonder our children are confused?

No wonder our children are confused - if we continually send confusing messages to our children then it is us who is acting irrationally when we demand the right to sanction them for acting in the same way we do, or in the same way our Government services do.

No amount of resources, education, laws, treatments or levels of incarceration and sanctions can educate a child to function both successfully and rationally in a society when the very society which is demanding that is unable itself to function at the levels demanded. There is no rational response to such an irrational situation.

Is it any wonder so many are confused?

Government and our religions are unable to provide and implement successful strategies in regards sexual abuses by clergy and other in the community.

Government and our religions repeatedly and stubbornly refuse to consult with the victims of these abuses by clergy and others in the community and their carers and advocates.

Is it any wonder so many are abused and re-abused?

How can they expect our children to act in a more adult and responsible manner, a manner which is above the examples set by our Governments and religious.

How irrational and foolish are we when we use sanctions against those who are unable to perform on demand at a higher level than those applying the sanctions.

Is it any wonder our children think we are foolhardy and stupid?

Of course we can always sanction our children severely for saying that we got it wrong. We can also sanction them for getting it wrong themselves in a confused world. Their need to survive and remain accepted as children will simply cause them to cede to those sanctions. This simply shows that if you beat a child hard enough and demand that he agree with you they must if they simply want to be loved by their parents and elders. If they want to ever experience the love of those who sanction they simply have no choice but to cede and conform to the power held over them - this use of power proves nothing other than acknowledging the fact that you can force someone into submission. It in no way proves your are on the right track.

Quite simply if these men genuinely had the ear of God as they say, it simply would not have taken 500 years as in the case of Mr Galilei and the shape of the earth, nor would it take very long to resolve the sexual abuse issue if they simply had 10 seconds with God.

It is clear that they simply do not have that line to Jesus Christ because quite simply if they did they would act differently.

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