ASCA established the Blue Knot Award last year to recognise an individual who uphold the principles of Blue Knot Day. The award recipient stands out in the community for furthering the needs of adult survivors of child abuse. The Award recognises those who have broken the silence and taboo around child abuse and eroded the stigma, to foster hope and optimism.
The Blue Knot Award 2013 goes to a person who embodies all of those achievements and more. Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox is a 30 + year veteran of the NSW police force, during which time he sought to investigate countless child sexual abuse cases. In November 2012 Peter Fox put his job on the line and went public with the shocking information that his investigations had uncovered.
When Peter went to the media with his disturbing claims of systemic cover-up of institutional child abuse, he alerted the entire nation to an insidious social problem that had been ignored for decades. He courageously spoke out against the crowd, not only tackling the stigma of abuse but also the secrecy, silence and power structures which have perpetuated it. In so doing, he raised awareness about child sexual abuse and the factors which have enabled it to continue within our institutions. Without Peter’s fortitude and determination, arguably there would be no Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse and the suffering of thousands of victims of institutional child abuse would still be unacknowledged.
The Royal Commission has empowered Australian survivors and given them the opportunity to tell their story, and contribute to real change. With his continued support for survivors and his unwavering commitment to uncovering the truth, Peter fosters hope and helps promote recovery for survivors and the community at large.
Peter Fox dedicated his Award to the father of a child abuse victim who died the previous week after losing a battle with cancer. His son had been repeatedly sexually assaulted by a notorious Hunter priest from the age of 12.
Detective Chief Inspector Fox receives Blue Knot Award 2013 from ASCA President, Dr. Cathy Kezelman, and ASCA Director, Simon Cole
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