Chalking to help message
AUSTRALIA’S leading child protection advocate Bravehearts is calling on everybody to help raise awareness and demonstrate support for sexual assault victims and survivors.
Bravehearts founder Hetty Johnston AM said this year the not-for-profit organisation is asking people to ‘chalk about it’ on September 7 for White Balloon Day, which is part of National Child Protection Week, which runs from September 2-8.
Bravehearts is encouraging people to grab some white chalk and draw balloons, along with messages of support, on driveways, footpaths and other safe community surfaces throughout the nation.
“When you use chalk to draw your balloon with a message of support you can be sure it is environmentally safe and that someone who needs to see will see it,” Ms Johnston said.
“It is a simple but powerful way for people everywhere to break the silence on child sexual assault and tell someone, to show them we care and to signal our support for them when they do.
“With rates of child sexual assault and exploitation in Australia remaining at crisis levels, now more than ever Bravehearts needs the support of communities and governments to help increase awareness to protect children from a crime that breaks the little hearts and spirits of Australia’s most precious treasures – our children.”
The annual day, which is in its 22nd year, is Bravehearts largest national campaign, which helps raise funds and awareness for the prevention of child sexual assault.
Parents and carers can access a free personal safety parents’ guide from Bravehearts to help talk to children about the issue. The guide can be downloaded by visiting whiteballoonday.com.au/useful-downloads.