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Courageous Conversations that aim for a Tasmania free from child sexual abuse

Created on:
July 9, 2024
Edited on:
July 9, 2024

The Sexual Assault Support Service (SASS) and Laurel House are hosting an innovative symposium that aims to spur collective action to prevent and respond to sexual violence in Tasmania.  

The two-day Courageous Conversations event features interstate and local speakers including experts, authors, and victim-survivors.

“We are holding this symposium to move Tasmania towards being a place where victim-survivors are supported to heal free of stigma and shame – towards a future free from child sexual abuse,” said organisers Kathryn Fordyce, CEO, Laurel House and Sandi Doherty, Acting CEO, SASS.

Speakers featured across the two days include:

Please refer to the attached program for a full list of speakers and sessions.

The symposium brings some of Australia's leading experts to nipaluna/Hobart to present exclusive insights into the latest research and discuss innovative approaches contributing to the Child Sexual Abuse Reform Strategy for Tasmania.

Ms Doherty said putting victim survivors’ voices first is key to eliminating sexual harm in the state.  

“Bringing together academic and lived expertise is incredibly powerful for systemic change,” she said.  

Ms Fordyce said: “We know that at least one in four children in Tasmania experience some form of sexual assault.

“To make meaningful change, we must go beyond listening and start to act on what victim-survivors of all ages courageously share.”

The Courageous Conversations symposium runs from 10 to 4:30pm on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 May at the SASS offices, 114 Bathurst St, nipaluna/Hobart.

SASS and Laurel House are Tasmania’s statewide sexual assault support services.

For further information and to arrange interviews/vision:

Adie Delaney, Communications Lead, SASS

adie.delaney@sass.org.au  or 0481480 077

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