ABOUT 90 people showed their support to Bravehearts during a breakfast on November 24.
Bravehearts is Australia’s leading child protection organisation.
Guest speaker, Bravehearts director of research Carol Ronken, said the breakfast helped to raise awareness in the community.
“It’s just so important for people to be aware of the fact it [child sexual assault] is impacting on children and young people within communities,” she said.
One in five children will be sexually harmed in some way before the age of 18.
Bravehearts’ mission is to stop child sexual assault in our society and its vision is to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child.
Bravehearts has been actively contributing to the provision of child sexual assault services throughout the nation since 1997.
Ms Ronken said Bravehearts dealt with the issue holistically.
She said Bravehearts seriously believed we could not effectively prevent child sexual assault in the community without tackling it from every angle.
Education is one tool.
The fun and interactive personal safety program, Ditto Keep Safe Adventure Show, recently visited pre-schools and primary schools in Laurieton, Wauchope and Port Macquarie, educating 1400 children.
The Bravehearts Mid North Coast Committee provided $17,000 worth of subsidies towards the cost of the shows.
Committee president Erica Nelson said that was only possible through the ongoing generosity and support of the community.
The breakfast at Panthers Port Macquarie supported child protection through education.