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1in5 - Dave’s Bravehearts 777 Adventure

I am one of the 1 in 5 Australian kids who have been sexually assaulted.

My name is David Nguyen and I have been married for 9 years to my beautiful wife and rock Jessica. We have been blessed with two amazing kids Alaina who is 4 years and Joshua who is 20 months. Without the support of my family and friends I would not be the survivor I am today.

In June 2019 I will be participating in the Bravehearts 777. I will be running 6 half marathons (21kms) and one full marathon (42kms) in 7 states in 7 days. Your donation will not only help me through my journey but also help fund a child through Bravehearts personal safety program at school. For as little as $12 you can change a child’s life and save a child from a life of torment, guilt and shame. 

Growing up my mum was and is the most amazing, supportive and loving mother, I came from a good family and I wouldn’t fit the stereotype of a child ‘at risk’. But child sexual assault does not discriminate and could happen to anyone one of us or even worse our own children. More than 59 000 Aussie kids will experience some form of sexual harm in the next 12 months and I’ve made it my life’s work to use my story and my experience to help those who have no voice. It hasn’t been an easy decision sharing my story but as I sit here writing this and reflecting on my childhood I am consumed with sadness but I also feel empowered with sharing my story.

I believe that every child has the right to feel safe, confident and free from the terrible consequences of child sexual assault. At the age of 8 years old I lost that, my childhood innocence was violently taken away from me and I grew up in a world of shame, guilt and loneliness. I even started to develop thoughts of killing myself.

Any chance we have to try to make the world a safer place for a kids is worthy of our best efforts. I want to share my story to raise awareness about child sexual assault as I know its a topic no one ever talks about and we need to keep the conversation going. The fact that we don't talk about talk about child sexual assault makes it a taboo topic which creates stigma, shame and guilt.

Quite often we feel helpless about situations that we can’t fix or prevent. Take this as an opportunity to do something about child sexual assault. I can’t stress enough the power of being that voice for children who can’t speak up bc they are too ashamed and afraid. The sad reality is that child sexual assault happens daily. So please take time to speak to the children in your lives. Educate them about personal safety and appropriate behaviour. Let them know that you are always available if they feel uncomfortable and not safe. Believe me when I say you can save someone and prevent child sexual assault simply by having these conversations. 

Lastly to the guy that abused me...It doesn’t matter anymore what you did to me, you couldn’t destroy me. I’m still standing, I’m still strong and I always will be.

  • Goal $10,000.00
  • Raised $10,655.00
Top Donations
  • Rotary Club of Kenthurst - $1,500.00
  • Jo’s Christmas Fundraiser - $1,200.00
  • Specsavers Pty Ltd - $1,093.20
  • Anonymous - $1,000.00
  • Rotary Club of Liverpool - $500.00
Donor Date Amount Message
Vivian Nguyen 7/5/2019 $50.00 You can do it!
Jessie Coluccio 7/4/2019 $200.00 Running injured just shows what kind of character you have Dave- we love you and support you
Elaine Nguyen 7/1/2019 $100.00 You’re an inspiration, bro!
Seema Khanna 6/29/2019 $100.00 God bless!
Andrea Edwards 6/28/2019 $100.00 Your courage is inspirational David. Much love to you and your beautiful supportive family x
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