Professor Caroline Taylor knows the impact of trauma from childhood sexual abuse.
As a survivor of long-term sexual and physical violence she hopes to educate communities in understanding the impact abuse can have.
Visiting Warrnambool this week Professor Taylor held workshops for professionals and community members, reminding participants that openness is the key.
“I’m impressed with the services in Warrnambool for survivors of abuse. I was most impressed with the positivity of the people and their eagerness and openness to learn,” she said.
“It’s important for a community to offer self-care services and to understand the impact, the legal aspects, and the healing that survivors face.
“I come from a rural community myself so I know the special barriers to disclosing abuse. As a community we need to be armed with information to be less likely to judge and find ways to help one another.”
Event spokeswoman and Australian Psychological Society member Marcia Nelson said Professor Taylor’s advice was welcomed.
“It’s about starting the conversation and making it a comfortable conversation in our community,” she said.