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NATIONAL ALLIANCE AGAINST INCEST

This is a not-for-profit organisation. If products are sold on the site their price covers cost of manufacture, shipping and postage.

We are not a charity as such, as we do not at this stage seek donations. That is a proposition for the future.

Costs incurred otherwise are covered by the owner of the Write On Justice Website as her contribution to Incest Survivors and to the general public who are advocates for social justice in all formats.

Our primary aim is activism.

We seek to:

1. Raise awareness of inter-familial sexual abuse in all its manifestations.

2. To make the general public aware that inter-familial sexual abuse is still rife in Australia and that victims’ lives are often threatened so that they are rendered incapable of betraying their abusers. Differing cultures may tolerate inter-familial abuse. This area is yet to be investigated.

3. To make the general public aware that inter-familial sexual abuse can be ongoing into adulthood as victims still fear for their lives and are virtually psychologically programmed into receiving systematic abuse.

4. To make the general public aware that inter-familial sexual abuse occurs across class or social strata. High functioning educated women are sometimes victims of inter-familial sexual abuse into adulthood.

5. To make the general public aware that inter-familial sexual abuse causes many psychiatric disorders including complex post-traumatic stress disorder, complex trauma disorder, dissociative disorder and multiple personality disorder.

6. To make the general public aware that victims of inter-familial sexual abuse who reach adulthood are often re-traumatised throughout their lives, especially women. These women may be subjected to sexual assault, rape, sexual harassment and domestic violence as the process of victimisation continues. Some male medical specialists (for example psychiatrists and psychotherapists) may also engage in maltreatment of such women. The re-traumatisation of women continues if they engage in drug abuse, pornography and prostitution where many end up because they are used to degradation.

7. To make the general public aware that the development of normal relationships (for example male to female) may be virtually impossible for victims of inter-familial sexual abuse because of the fear of emotional intimacy and the lack of trust. If a mother of a female child has colluded with the father in inter-familial sexual abuse, then the possibility of sound female to female relationships is restricted and if some females ascertain that the victim has been victimized they may involve themselves in subjugation and oppression of such women, also bullying. This has been my experience.

8. To make the general public aware that victims of inter-familial sexual abuse require extensive, expert psychological and psychiatric treatment which may be ongoing. These experts who address trauma may be required to give firsthand advice. The sooner the intervention by psychologists/psychiatrists/psychotherapists the greater the chance that victims may be able to live relatively normal lives without the prospect of re-traumatisation and with the capacity to form normal relationships and live within a normal family context.

The Wall of Silence

We also seek to address the denial on the part of many members of the general public to the fact that inter-familial sexual abuse exists and that it has serious repercussions.

Where members of the general public minimise inter-familial sexual abuse and its repercussions, this process of minimisation will be addressed in the media and attempts made to educate such individuals to the damage minimisation causes.

We are aware that while the general public is empathetic and concerned regarding institutional abuse, many are threatened by inter-familial sexual abuse and will not admit that it exists. We call this ‘The Wall of Silence’. To many, inter-familial sexual abuse is threatening to societal structures and the notion of family.

The experience of victims of inter-familial sexual abuse is that openness about the abuse in a social context results often in minimisation, abuse, denial, aggravation and insult. This is the experience of many survivors including me most definitely. This denial and even abuse results in further traumatisation for the individual and leaves the victims isolated and abandoned by their communities, referring them back to the original experience of inter-familial sexual abuse.

Our further aim is to commence lobbying for the recompense of survivors for the trauma they have suffered at the hands of family members and to recompenses them for the cost of extensive psychological or psychiatric treatment. Recompense for the continued re-traumatisation needs to be addressed also.

This will be controversial – Society (i.e. taxpayers) are willing to recompense survivors of institutional abuse for their suffering as that form of abuse is non-threatening to the family system/structure.

Sexual abuse that happens in the context of family is to many a ‘private’ issue for which they will not feel morally responsible.

Every child is entitled to safety and protection within the family environment. Where this has not occurred, society has the moral obligation to recompense such children.

Naturally, we seek to support incest survivors in as many ways as possible. A National Alliance will help them to feel supported, accepted and respected.

Where possible we will channel survivors to existing organisations for therapy and treatment. If this does not prove successful, we are open to suggesting other channels for treatment. We have lists of doctors who are extremely capable of treatment of survivors long-term or can refer them on to colleagues who have excelled in treatment.

We wish to make every single survivor throughout Australia feel that they are NOT alone and that those problems will be addressed: there is hope.

We can always be emailed at writeonjustice@hotmail.com with queries if the presenting problems for the survivor are too difficult to handle. Please write in brief as we are overloaded but will respond to you. We have a moral responsibility to reply.