South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence

Articles about “Survivor's Stories”

James - my story

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors

I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse I would like you to here a brief history of my life experiences and me.

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Journey: Our story

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors

To all my parts on the inside, I am sad that your life has been so hard, I am sorry you have suffered such pain. I wish you could have run, and played skipped, sung and danced as all children do. I wish you had a childhood full of loving memories.

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Learn to live again

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors

A survivor poem

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Life as I know it now

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors

The magnitude of my grief seems enormous, extensive and gigantic to put it gracefully. The depth of sadness, heartache, mourning and sorrow that I feel within me seems limitless and without cessation. The passionate nature it deplores gives me an immediate sensual awareness of palpation, sensation, body memories and feeling...

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Living with a victim of childhood sexual abuse

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors

I can still recall the innocent and wonderful feelings of excitement and anticipation that I felt when the relationship with my partner was just beginning. As my feelings began to grow towards someone that I had known for many years, I was blissfully unaware that events that had happened over...

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Margarita's story

Margarita is a 96yo woman who was sexually abused by the acting manager of the Seniors Rental Service she was living in. Margarita is the first older woman we know of in Australia who has been prepared (and had the support) to publicly share her story of sexual abuse as...

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Men talk about sexual abuse - the journey to recovery

For Male Survivors

A collection of 8 video clips of men who are survivors of sexual child abuse.

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Mother

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors

A survivor poem

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My Epilogue

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors

I was sexually assaulted. There is no sugar coating it. I have experienced massive trauma, I have a family history of sexual indecencies and I have been through severe mental health problems. But this is not a story of ‘woe is me’.

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My journey of healing from childhood sexual abuse

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors

I believe that by sharing my story I will be able to help others that also need to heal. I also don’t want to forget the details of my journey along a path that at the time was emotionally difficult to follow.

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My journey to seeking help

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors

At the time that I decided I needed help I had hit a rock bottom. This is my story about how I changed that.

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My pain

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors

A survivor poem

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One Step at a Time DVD

For Female Survivors, Students

One Step At A Time portrays a day in the life of Jane, a counsellor/advocate, as she works with women attending a sexual assault centre and juggles her home life. The stories for this half hour drama are drawn from interviews with clients and counsellors from the South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA).

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Open the Door

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors

A survivor poem and artwork

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Personal vision statement

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors

I am a woman, all encompassing, all embracing, forgiving, sensual, self aware, feeling, giving, living, trusting, loyal, intuitive, sexual, honouring, feminine woman.

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Poetry 1

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors

A survivor poem

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Poetry 2

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors

A survivor poem

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Reflections on SECASA

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors

I am amazed and delighted to report after 6 months attending SECASA I am leading a life I didn’t know was ever possible. It is truly a ‘new’ life for me. Initially it took time to believe it was here to stay. It was too good to be true.

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Road to recovery

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors

The rocky road to recovery, I see it before me and it looks so steep and dangerous, this road I'm meant to travel, so long and so high and lonely. Hell I'm scared, what if I can't ? it looks so hard and dark, I might die going up there,...

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Secret Untold

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors

A survivor poem

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