“Hot Chocolate Talk”

News March 2022

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Research shows that talking with your child about how to stay safe from sexual abuse is a powerful way to prevent it, but we know it can be hard to know what to say.

HOT CHOCOLATE TALK

That’s why we’re sharing some free resources from Committee for Children’s Hot Chocolate Talk campaign.

A “Hot Chocolate Talk” is a conversation between a parent (or caregiver) and a child about personal safety, approached in a warm, welcoming way to encourage open communication.

Use these resources from Committee For Children to learn the facts and start important safety conversations that can protect your child from sexual abuse.

Please be aware whilst this content is amazing these websites are American, and the Laws and Reporting Procedures are different to Australian Laws.

Below we have listed Australian Sexual Assault Services

A HOW TO TALK TO CHILDREN ABOUT PERSONAL SAFETY AND SEXUAL ABUSE GUIDE.

IF THE UNTHINKABLE HAS HAPPENED, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

  • Reassure the child that you’re glad you found out and they are not to blame.
  • Report it. For guidelines, see the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation. If someone is in immediate danger, always call triple zero (000).
  • Get expert advice about how to preserve the evidence. (Saving intimate images of children, even as evidence, can be illegal.)
  • Get help from a trusted GP, school wellbeing team, sexual assault counselling service, or a helpline such as Kids Helpline1800 55 1800, AccessLine 1800 800 944, 1800 RESPECT

National sexual assault support

 

1800 RESPECT

Provides confidential sexual assault and family and domestic violence counselling via phone and webchat.

Phone: 1800 737 732. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Sexual Assault Counselling Australia (Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia)

Provides 24/7 telephone and face-to-face counselling for people impacted by institutional child sexual abuse. This means adults who were sexually assaulted as a child at an institution — like a school, church, club, or children’s home — or by someone who worked at one of those places — like a teacher, a religious figure, or a camp leader — for example. The counselling is offered to survivors, as well as other people impacted, like parents or professionals.

Phone: 1800 211 028. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Domestic Violence Impact Line (Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia)

Telephone and online support, as well as information and referrals, for anyone in Australia who is or has experienced domestic or family violence, or those who support them.

Phone: 1800 943 539. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

LGBTIQ+ Violence Service (Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia)

Provides 24/7 telephone trauma counselling from counsellors who have completed specialist training to support anyone in Australia who is from the LGBTIQ+ community and has recently or in the past experienced sexual, domestic or family violence. The service also provides telephone support to family members, friends and supporters, or professionals who are impacted by violence targeted towards the LGBTIQ+ community.

Phone: 1800 497 212. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Blue Knot Foundation

Provides phone and email-based support for adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse, as well as for their supporters and the professionals who work with them.

Email: helpline@blueknot.org.au

Phone: 1300 657 380. Available 9 am to 5 pm AEST, seven days a week.

Bravehearts

Bravehearts provides counselling and survivor support services for anyone who has been affected by child sexual assault. For more information, or to talk to Bravehearts about receiving free counselling, you can contact their confidential support service.

Phone: 1800 272 831. Available 8.30 am to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday.

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