Who’s helping adult survivors of abuse? Child abuse, adult anguish

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Authors: JOURNALIST: Jill Margo ORGANISATION: The Australian Financial Review

Year: 2012

Event: 2012 TheMHS Awards


Type of resource: TheMHS Awards

Award state: NSW

Award level: Winner

Award category: Print

Abstract: These two pieces aimed to raise awareness about a neglected group in our community. The adults in this group were abused as children many years ago, before there was a common language to describe their predicament. Today abused children receive much compassion but then, children struggled into adulthood unheard and unsupported. Today, if they raise it, they are not uncommonly told to “get over it already.” An estimated 2 million Australians are now living with the legacy of this complex trauma. Although many readers of the AFR would have been personally affected by such abuse, a financial newspaper is not a place they would expect to read about it. The context of the AFR added legitimacy to these issues and the pieces generated more reader response than usual. Personal stories usually make complex issues more understandable and Wayne Yole’s disclosure made an impact – as detailed in the supporting document from ASCA. Jill Margo AM is a health journalist on The Australian Financial Review. In 30 years in journalism she has also worked on The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian. During this period she has won 19 international and national media awards, including two Walkleys. Last year she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship for field work in men’s health. In 2009 she was appointed to the board of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and is currently a board member. In 2006 she was awarded an Order of Australia for services to journalism and cancer. She pioneered men’s health journalism in Australia and for more than a decade, served on national working parties charged with developing clinical guidelines for the management of prostate cancer. She also helped rewrite these guidelines for consumers. Jill holds a BA (Honours) in English literature and is a bestselling author and biographer.

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