There has been a spike in the number of older Australians seeking professional help because of childhood sex abuse, new research shows.
The research released by Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) on Monday to coincide with Blue Knot Day – a national day to raise awareness about the five million Australian adults who survived childhood abuse.
The research, based on an analysis of 5000 calls to ASCA’s 1300 professional support line, reveals abuse survivors aged between 40-69 are still the most common age group to seek support for past abuse.
There has, however, been a 10 per cent increase in the 50-59-year-old age group looking for help compared to last year.
The data shows 19 per cent of callers in the 60-69-year-old age group, and six per cent in the 70-79 age bracket called the helpline for the first time.
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