Heartfelt House believes that the aftermath of childhood sexual abuse affects most survivors in similar ways; it shows in the daily struggle with the immense pain, debilitating shame and guilt and the deep sense of hopelessness, isolation and powerlessness.
Our aim is to give survivors the opportunity to come together and grow better in a supportive space, where no-one is judged or categorised:
“My experience in doing the course is that for the first time I accessed a mainstream, non Aboriginal service provider for assistance and found it created more of a trusting relationship, as I shared something in common with the non Aboriginal sisters and discovered we all feel the same when it comes to abuse and neglect, pain and suffering.” (Aboriginal participant)
Talking about child sexual abuse is a difficult thing to do. There is no ‘easy’ way to tackle the topic, even with the media reporting more about it than ever before! For just about every survivor there are still many hurdles to overcome in taking the first step and contacting us.
“Heartfelt House showed great concern for my needs as an Aboriginal woman and survivor and made me aware and comfortable with being able to raise any cultural issues I may have needed support with. HFH was also open to any insight I had to offer the facilitators. Being open and aware with me like they were also brought me a feeling of being safe within the group.” (Aboriginal participant)
How do we make this happen?
Looking at the past and the way Aboriginal people were treated by mainstream services, we understand the reluctance/anxiety you may feel when coming to a mainstream organisation.
Heartfelt House is committed to supporting Aboriginal survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Together with you, we will make accessing the support you need as comfortable and easy as possible – See “How We Operate”