Ipswich team develops card help system
A GROUP of Ipswich women has created a national first to help the recovery from sexual violence.
Thirteen women from across the West Moreton health district helped create a sexual violence flash card system.
Having all experienced sexual violence themselves, they saw the chance to design the cards as a means of helping other victims.
Prenzlau woman Lenore Hayes said the cards helped people who couldn't express the trauma themselves yet.
"This has given us the chance to help other people who don't have the words or the voice," she said.
"Some women don't realise what they've gone through is sexual assault, so we hope the cards can make people realise.
"They also let people know they're not alone."
Ms Hayes said the creation of the cards became a healing experience.
"We were told at the start it wasn't a therapy session," she said. "But by the end it really became one. Some of the stories were really horrific, but it was a chance for people to express themselves and let them know they're not alone."
The cards go through a variety of topics including legal areas and myths about sexual assault.
The local women created the cards and designed the art on them.
Fiona Richardson from West Moreton Health Services was part of the clinical team that put the cards together.
"From a clinical point of view, it gives people a way of communication without talking about their experiences," she said.
"This can be very helpful when people are still struggling to express themselves."
Ms Richardson said flash cards had proved very successful in other areas, but weren't available in dealing with sexual violence.
The cards can be purchased through the Ipswich Hospital Foundation.