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Help break the cycle of child abuse

In 2014-15, over 150,0001 Australian children received child protection services. Alarmingly, these statistics are only part of the story - many cases of abuse go unreported.

Jade's story

When Jade* was 14, she was living on the streets, looking for hope but finding precious little.Her earliest memory is of crawling under her bed and stuffing her fingers in her ears to block out the screams. Her parents were always fighting and it was better to hide than risk a violent beating.

Jade often missed school, but if her parents noticed they didn’t care. She was left to fend for herself. One day Jade’s dad tried to strangle her. That was the day Jade decided to never go back home. This was how her childhood ended. Jade became one of many disposable kids on the streets, set adrift into uncertainty.

We hope that through the expert guidance of our case workers, Jade can overcome the trauma of her childhood and recover her capacity to trust. It’s not a quick fix. If only we’d been able to intervene early before the damage was done.

Thanks to you, Jade is finally safe at one of our youth refuges. But the abuse and neglect she suffered as a child has left deep, psychological wounds that may never heal.

Child abuse and neglect diminishes children’s life chances. Donate today and help us break the cycle.

Young girl sitting on the pavement
“I grew up in a house where monsters were real. I never felt safe.” Jade, 14 years old

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Mission Australia is a registered charity

Mission Australia has been helping people move towards independence for more than 155 years, and our commitment to this vital work has never been stronger.

Thanks to your support, together we helped 131,015 people in 2016 by combatting homelessness, assisting disadvantaged families and children, addressing mental health issues, fighting substance dependencies, and much more.

More than 86% of our income goes straight back into delivering services that assist vulnerable Australians.

We appreciate every single donation we receive, and ensure that every dollar goes where it is needed most.

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1Child Protection Australia report 2014-15; AIHW 2016
*All names and images have been changed to protect identities

Founding Purpose - 'Inspired by Jesus Christ, Mission Australia exists to meet human need and to spread the knowledge of the love of God'