Our June training guests were Julieanne and Mel from the Wellington Sexual Abuse Network.
Their network provides people of all genders with support, advocacy and a drop-in centre. They help deal with Police and they will support people if they don’t want to involve Police. They operate a Crisis and Support Helpline (499-7532) based in the Old James Smith’s building Offices.
Their technique on the phone is to validate callers’ concerns, be reassuring and to let callers know that they will not be bull-dozed into doing something they don’t want to do. They have choices. They don’t use the word “counselling” because they believe that sends the message there is something wrong with the person who contacts them.
Julieanne and Mel’s information was interesting and well received. Julieanne invited WGWG members to visit their office and support space. She is available to answer any questions or give advice on specific situations.