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Photo exhibition to raise money for sexual abuse survivors

A moving photography exhibition will fundraise for Blue Knot Foundation to better support adults surviving childhood abuse trauma

A moving photography exhibition that explores the impact of childhood abuse will raise money to support survivors nationally.

The fundraising event will be held as part of the exhibition, featuring guest speakers including the Minister for Mental Health, Martin Foley. All funds will go to the Dax Centre and Blue Knot Foundation, Australia’s National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma.

President of Blue Knot Foundation, Dr Cathy Kezelman, said: “This exhibition will highlight the long-term effects of childhood abuse and the need for support.

“It is essential for support to be available and accessible as the healing process is often a long and complex journey.”

The exhibition ‘Putting the piece of the self together one moment at a time’ was created by Vanessa Beetham to intimately explore the healing process of child abuse survivor and advocate, Peter Blenkiron, who suffered when he was 11 years old.

The exhibition features 30 portraits of child abuse survivors and advocates, including artwork by Doug Moran and Archibald Prize finalist, Daniel Butterworth.

“The aim of the exhibition is to inspire hope – it is confronting at times, but interwoven with sheer beauty and optimism,” Beetham said.

In Australia, approximately one in five adults are living with the long-term impacts of childhood abuse and trauma.

Blenkiron described himself as a damaged man who works to heal from the abuse suffered as a child. As part of his healing process, Blenkiron said he started to capture moments in time with his camera phone.

“As in the case with so many survivors of childhood sexual abuse, the debilitating effects of CPTSD remain with me. I’m not “fixed” by any means, however, if this is as good as it gets I can live with that,” Blenkiron said.



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