Child Wise’s vision is of a society in which children can grow up free from child sexual abuse and exploitation. We work to build awareness, deliver education, and provide the tools to empower individuals and communities around Australia so they can actively prevent child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Child sexual abuse is a violation that causes trauma to a child across their entire lifespan. It is a hidden crime, one that we cannot measure with accuracy. The best current estimates are that up to 8% of boys suffer penetrative abuse, and 16% are exposed to non-penetrative sexual abuse. Girls undergo child sexual abuse at far higher rates, with up to 12% suffering penetrative abuse, and up to 36% exposed to non-penetrative abuse.

Passionate supporter and ambassador for Child Wise, Steve Lucas (that's me), supported by his many fellow musicians, is putting together a benefit for Child Wise, to be held at the Thornbury Theatre on Sunday March 23rd 2014.

An all-star line-up of musos consisting of some of Melbourne's elite have committed their time and energy to the night with appearances from:

Steve Lucas (X), Tim Rogers, Davey Lane (You Am I), James Reyne (Australian Crawl), Murray Cook (The Wiggles), Rob Snarki (Blackeyed Susans), Debra Anne Byrne, Chris Wilson (Crown Of Thorns), Jerome Smith (Keith Richards & The Expensive Winos), Joey Bedlam (DollSquad), Yolanda DeRose (DollSquad & Mass Cult), Doug Falconer (Hunters and Collectors), Jack Howard (Hunters and Collectors), Paul Williamson (Hunters and Collectors), Bruce Haymes, Stephen Hadley, Brett Kingman, Tracy Kingman and Madelaine Lucas.

Many musicians that can’t be there are also contributing to the cause and event by providing special donations of their own, all of which will be included in a silent auction that will be announced on the night.

Some items include:

QANTAS, courtesy of Damien Hutchinson, are flying a Maton guitar around Australia, collecting over 70 signatures from the cream of Australian rock.

Signed artwork from Steve Kilbey (The Church) , Reg Mombassa (Mental As Anything, Pauline Bailey and more.

Plus many signed CDs, posters, T-shirts, etc.

3RRR is sponsoring the benefit free of all charge and the corporate sector is now coming to the party with True Alliance donating $2,500.00 to the cause PLUS a $500 gift voucher for Wrangler products.

ALL money raised from the benefit and silent auction will be going DIRECTLY to Child Wise to support their ongoing prevention and awareness-raising programs.

Production and stage management supplied gratis by Lock and Load (Big Day Out).

In our efforts to raise awareness and much-needed funds for Child Wise’s valuable work, we are asking you for any support you can offer both on and off air to the cause and this special event – preventing the sexual abuse and exploitation of children.

We can prevent it. We must prevent it.

For further information please contact:

Steve Lucas (Ambassador for Child Wise): slxaus@hotmail.com or 0416 181 957

Claire Hedger (Child Wise Benefit Support Liaison): chedger@bigpond.net.au or 0417 343 763

Child Wise: childwise.net or (03) 9645 8911

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