8th February 2019
A 53 minute documentary film premiere featuring four courageous Wongi Aboriginal women who speak of the catastrophic effects of intergenerational sexual abuse they have suffered, shared and face as a Family.
Sharon Hume, Rosemary Bailey, Barbara McGillivray and Jillian Heneker.
Megan Krakouer - NICRS
Hannah McGlade - Curtin University - legal academic and practitioner with special interest in Indigenous human rights.
Read the article written by Hannah McGlade at https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2019/02/11/its-time-change-aboriginal-women-will-stand-strong-against-sexual-violence-1
Increasingly, Aboriginal women are speaking out against men who sexually abused them as children. Last week in Perth the National Indigenous Critical Response Project launched Let Them Speak a documentary about four Aboriginal sisters from Leonora speaking out about sexual abuse they experienced. The film was launched at the same time as the report of the WA Coroner into the deaths of 12 Aboriginal youth in the Kimberley.
Gerry Georgatos - Institute for Social Justice and Human Rights (ISJHR) and the National Child Sexual Abuse Trauma Recovery Project (NCSATRP).
Delly Stokes & Daughters ( Josephine, Iesha, Marika, Uniquewa)
Filmed and edited
Alexander Hayes & Magali McDuffie from Ngikalikarra Media, Perth, Western Australia. The documentary film will be released after the premiere screening available online under a CC BY 4.0 International Unported licence.
6:30pm for a 7pm start
Kim Beazley Theatre, Murdoch University, Western Australia
Building 351 Murdoch University, 90 South St, Murdoch WA 6150
Download the Let Them Speak: Film Premiere flyer - [ PDF 143 KBs ]
In late 2018 we were contacted by Gerry Georgatos and Megan Krakouer from the Institute for Social Justice & Human Rights (ISJHR) and the National Child Sexual Abuse Trauma Recovery Project (NCSATRP) regarding four brave women who were prepared to speak about their experience of sexual abuse and harassment as children into their childhood.
We took three hours of film footage and from that we have produced an hour long documentary which will be made public both online and via a screening at the Kim Beazley Theatre, Murdoch University, Western Australia Building 351 Murdoch University, 90 South St, Murdoch WA 6150.
To help other sexual abuse victims speak out, Mrs Heneker together with her three sisters Sharon Hume, 59 and Rosemary Bailey, 57 have shared their emotional and heartbreaking story in a documentary titled, Let Them Speak. Mrs Heneker also hopes it will allow for programs to be designed to support sexual assault victims. “If we can save one or two people with our stories, that will make us happy. I am proud of my sisters for doing it,” she said.
“…After 30 years of marriage, Mrs Heneker and her husband, who share three children together, got a divorce. She blames her past for the breakup.
“Growing up I thought I would never find a partner of any description, I still feel that way all the time and maybe that is why my marriages and relationships dissolved,” she said.
“I know that there are a lot of people who are too scared to come forward with things like that — I am telling my story for the younger generation, and the older generation to find their confidence to talk about it.”
Photo: Megan Krakouer