A hardy panel that includes survivors of child sex abuse has been created in New Zealand to help them through the trauma of their experience.
The panel, which will be called The Panel for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, will look at the role of the media and social media in promoting and perpetuating abuse.
The National Council of Social Services says the panel will be funded through a $1 million grant, which is currently being awarded to the University of Otago.
The council says the aim of the panel is to assist survivors and their families to better understand the complexities of child abuse and to build resilience and understanding in the community.
“This panel will give them the support they need to help to navigate a difficult and challenging time in their lives, and provide them with the knowledge and tools to navigate this transition,” said the council’s executive director of policy, Dr Jennifer Kavas, in a statement.
The committee will include members from the National Council for Social Services, the Ministry of Health and Social Services and the Government.