Posted October 04, 2018 03:21:00 More than a dozen survivors of sexual violence have been granted access to an online forum on the Web to share their stories.
Key points:Some of the survivors have spoken publicly about their experience since their case went to courtIn the forum, participants can share stories and discuss what they want to do about sexual violence and help othersFind more stories from Queensland”I’ve just been told I’m not a monster and I don’t deserve to be treated this way,” one participant said.
“The people who do this to me, they’re just sick, they don’t understand that I’m in pain and it’s my choice to leave them,” another woman said.
Victims of sexual abuse are often victims of multiple forms of violence including sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, stalking in a family and abuse from family and friends.
“There’s not a lot that we can do about it and we’re not getting much support from the police,” one woman said in the forum.
“I don’t want to be a statistic, I want to see justice done,” another man said.
While the forum is intended to be an anonymous space, some people have already shared their stories anonymously.
“For those that feel they’re not safe to tell, there are people that are willing to help,” one man said in a post.
“It’s not going to be something that we all get to do, but we can use it to share what we’re going through.”
Victims can share their story online using the Web forum and receive a copy of their case files for free.
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