Help is on its way

Central and North Burnett Times - - WELCOME -

KYLIE Robin­son’s voice, si­lenced for so long, has found some free­dom.

She is found­ing Fi­nally Free Inc to pro­vide group coun­selling ses­sions for rape and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims, and to spread anti-vi­o­lence aware­ness.

The 42-year-old mother of four ad­mit­ted she slept with the light on to com­bat mem­o­ries of be­ing raped for two years from age eight, and five years of phys­i­cal abuse in her 20s.

“I want to be heard that this is the big­gest tor­ment in life,” Ms Robin­son said.

“Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is hard, and rape is worse – it’s there for­ever and ever.”

Drugs, al­co­hol and sui­cide at­tempts – all of which she has tried – have not led her to free­dom.

Her own de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety be­gan to dis­si­pate once she found her voice, and now Ms Robin­son wants to as­sist oth­ers.

“It’s taken me 34 years just to say ‘I’ve been raped’ and to tell my story,” she said.

“Learn to squeal. Learn to use your voice, that’s the only way.”

Ms Robin­son never en­vis­aged start­ing a support group or ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams un­til she dis­cov­ered other peo­ple who had been vic­tims.

She can be con­tacted on 0497 561 003.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

FI­NALLY FREE: Kylie Robin­son is start­ing a support group for rape and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims.

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