They are our future

IT’S VITAL
WE HELP

 

Child sexual assault is a crime which is, for the most part, preventable if Australians in all corners of the community step up to make a difference. By participating in White Balloon Day, you’re taking a big step towards making Australia the safest place in the world to raise kids.

SLIDESHOW REVEALING
FACTS, STATS & FIGURES

 

59,000

Australian children are sexually assaulted by their 18th birthday each year. That is 1 in 5

1 in 3 girls and 1 in 7 boys in Australia have experienced some form of child sexual assault during their childhood. 
1 child every 2 hours is sexually assaulted in our country. 

The cost of child sexual assault to Australia is conservatively estimated at $10.44 billion. Every year. 
Child sexual assault is without doubt the biggest and most preventable health crisis facing Australian children today. 

A HISTORY
OF HEALING

The White Balloon has been adopted by Bravehearts as symbolic of the issue of child sexual assault following a public meeting which was held in Belgium on 20th October 1996. 300,000 people gathered with white balloons in a show of public sympathy and support for the parents of children who were sexually assaulted and either murdered or missing at the hands of a previously convicted and released paedophile. Bravehearts continued the tradition the following year and every year since. 

 

MORE ABOUT US

INITIATIVE
WITH PURPOSE

  • White Balloon represents a symbol of hope for survivors and encourages them to break the silence by speaking out. The humble White Balloon works to protect today’s children against sexual assault. 
  • In 1999, Senior Police labelled ‘White Balloon Day’ a ‘phenomenon’ when it was revealed that the campaign resulted in a staggering 514% increase in disclosures of child sexual assault to Queensland Police Headquarters.
  • In 2015, White Balloon Day helped educate more than 106,000 children on personal safety and supported more than 3,700 kids and their families with specialist services.

  • Since its inception, White Balloon Day has helped to educate over 600,000 children across Australia

POSITIVE REACTION

In its 21st year, White Balloon Day supported by communities across Australia helps educate, empower and protect Aussie kids from child sexual assault.  Money raised throughout the campaign goes towards creating child safe communities via preventive education and training programs as well as specialist support for kids and their families affected by child sexual assault

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2017 WHITE BALLOON DAY
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Aussie kids in need

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If you are being harmed or you know someone who you think is being sexually assaulted please call

1800 272 831