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20 Our ‘Journeys of Hope’ art exhibition was on display throughout NSW in 2017 and 2018, showcasing 50 artworks from survivors of child sexual abuse in institutions. Interrelate has supported more than 1000 clients and received over 42,000 calls since receiving funding in 2013 to provide Royal Commission Community Based Support Services to survivors of child sexual abuse and their families. Although the inquiry period of the Royal Commission has finished, there is still a long way to go for many survivors whose experiences have been brought to the forefront. This exhibition was the shining light of hope for many survivors who may be just beginning their healing journey. The final leg of the exhibition was at Parliament House in Sydney, following the National Redress Scheme which began on 1 July, where survivors of child sexual abuse in an Australian Institution are eligible for redress to acknowledge the harm they have endured. Interrelate’s counsellors have been helping survivors like Wayne to deal with the effects of childhood trauma and build supportive and healthy relationships. As young children who were abused in institutions, they didn’t have a voice. Through the Journeys of Hope art exhibition they were provided a platform to share their stories, create awareness, encourage others to speak and seek support, and most importantly highlight that abuse in institutions should be prevented. R OYA L CO M M I S S I O N JOURNEYS