YOUR GIFT OF HOPE WILL HELP PROTECT AUSSIE KIDS FROM SEXUAL ABUSE.
Bravehearts is actively working to protect Australian children from the crime of child sexual abuse – but we need your support this Christmas!
Make a gift of $42 or more to support Bravehearts’ vital work and we will send you GIFT A HOPE donation swing tag to add to your tree, or to gift to a family member or friend.
Each GIFT OF HOPE helps Bravehearts educate, empower and protect Australian children in 2024.
Learn more below about the impact your GIFT OF HOPE donation will make in the fight against the crime of child sexual abuse.
Make your gift before the end of the year for the greatest impact!
in recognition of your kind support
In return for your kind donation to Bravehearts this Christmas, we will send you this bauble-shaped donation gift tag in recognition of your support, which you can hang on your own tree or gift to a loved one.
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Your gift this christmas provides hope we can end child sexual abuse
Child sexual abuse is a global problem that knows no physical, financial, socioeconomic, geographic, cultural or gender boundaries. All forms of child sexual abuse are a profound violation of the human rights of the child and a crime under law. But it can be prevented.
For over 25 years, Bravehearts has been working towards a future where children are protected from sexual harm. Child sexual abuse is a topic few want to discuss, but the reality is that it is more widespread than you may think and recent figures show that preventing this crime is an URGENT NATIONAL CHALLENGE.
1 in 4 Australians have experienced child sexual abuse2.
By supporting the work of Bravehearts with your generous donation today, you are rising to this challenge and making a tangible impact in the fight against child sexual abuse. Thank you.
An Urgent National Challenge
child sexual abuse how big is the problem?
Earlier this year, the landmark Australian Child Maltreatment Study found that child sexual abuse in this country is widespread and causes significant, enduring harm. Among the findings, the Study found that:
- More than 1 in 3 Australian girls and almost 1 in 5 boys experience child sexual abuse.3
- Among Australian children who have been sexually abused, for more than three-quarters (78%), it happened more than once4.
More Sobering Stats
- In up to 90% of child sexual abuse cases, the offender is known to the family5.
- In more than half of cases (approximately 52%), the onset of child sexual abuse is from 0 to 8 years6.
- Approximately 1 in 3 cases of child sexual abuse are instigated by other young people7.
References: 3,4) Haslam D, Mathews B, Pacella R, Scott JG, Finkelhor D, Higgins DJ, Meinck F, Erskine HE, Thomas HJ, Lawrence D, Malacova E. (2023). The prevalence and impact of child maltreatment in Australia: Findings from the Australian Child Maltreatment Study: Brief Report. Australian Child Maltreatment Study, Queensland University of Technology. 2) James, 2000; Centre for Disease Control & Prevention, 2006; Collin-Vézina, Daigneault, & Hébert, 2013; Dube et al., 2005. 5) Australian Bureau of Statistics 2017; Quadara, Nagy, Higgins & Siegel, 2015. 6) McElvaney et al,. 2020. 7) Der Bedrosian, 2018; McKibbon, 2017; Finkelhor, Omrod & Chaffin, 2009.
A big thank you to our Supporters
Thank you to all those who have donated to our appeal and joined Bravehearts in the fight against child sexual abuse!