NSW

knowmore

knowmore is a legal advice service for survivors of sexual abuse. It was established in 2013 to support people who were ginving information to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

https://knowmore.org.au/about-us/history/


NSW Memorial

Located in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens

For Forgotten Australians
In this place, we remember the many thousands of NSW children who grew up in care in the decades leading up to the 1990s – in orphanages, in Children’s Homes and foster homes,

in institutions. We remember the lonely, the frightened, the lost, the abused – those who never knew the joy of a loving family, who suffered too often at the hands of a system meant to provide for their safety and wellbeing. We rejoice in their courage and strength.  This corner of the Gardens is dedicated to their memory. Erected by the Australian and NSW Governments


The Leaving of Liverpool

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SAMSN

The Survivors and Mates Support Network (SAMSN) was established by a small group of male survivors of sexual abuse in 2011. SAMSN provides support groups, training and support for individuals affected by sexual abuse. It also provides capacity building resources for organisations, and public materials such as a podcast series to raise knowledge and awareness of issues affecting male survivors.

Key people: Mr Rev Comrade Rowley

SAMSN is deliberately inclusive of all sorts of identities. . "Regardless of how you identify, whteher abuse happened in institutions,  or out-of-home Care or anywhere, there's an umbrella term that everyone can be part of." SAMSN delivers "courses and education that helped to transcend narrow definitions".  "We know who we are. However a survivor chooses to identify and wants the recognition for that, we need to be supporting to fight for the recognition of that identity. I've had to continue to fight to be recognised as a male, so I know what this is all about."


Bringing Them Home Report

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Inquiry into Adoption Practices in NSW

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Who Am I?

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Colonisation / European invasion

Before British colonisation there were hundreds of Aboriginal nations living in cultures of rich tradition which did not produce the so-called 'unwanted', 'friendless' or 'dangerous' children who European society opted to place in institutions and other placements apart from their families and loved ones.