Tuesday, 21 August 2018

A vital therapeutic service which aims to rehabilitate children and teenagers who display or engage in harmful sexual behaviour will soon be available in Wagga Wagga.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward, Minister for Health Brad Hazzard and Liberal candidate for Wagga Wagga Julia Ham said the NSW Government is investing $1.6 million to bring New Street Services to these areas.

“It is an uncomfortable truth that some children cause sexual harm to others, often as a result of being abused themselves and it is vital that we help them,” Ms Goward said.

“New Street is an evidence-based and family focussed early intervention and prevention program, which can help troubled children to turn their lives around.”

Since starting in 1998, New Street has helped hundreds of children and their families and is regarded as a critical program in redressing child sexual abuse.

Ms Goward said the investment is part of the NSW Government’s Sexual Assault Strategy which focuses on the key areas of prevention and early intervention.

The Strategy aims to improve the existing service system for adults and children who experience sexual assault. It also seeks to raise awareness of sexual violence.

Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said with the addition of New Street Services in Murrumbidgee and Northern NSW, around 200 children will be assisted across the state.

“It is crucial children and families in regional and rural communities have the necessary support to help them through trauma caused by sexual assault,” Mr Hazzard said.

“The Wagga Wagga community, through the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, already provide a range of services to help people who have experienced sexual assault and the New Street Services will provide yet another level of support for young people,” Ms Ham said.