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S2 Ep5 From child abuse survivor to prison guard with Mel Watson

Season #2

CONTENT WARNING - This episode talks about child sexual abuse, mental health and suicide. Please listen with caution.

In this episode, Kristi talks with former prison guard, domestic violence and child sexual abuse survivor Mel Watson. 

Mel talks about surviving childhood domestic violence, incidents of child sexual abuse by multiple perpetrators, conquering depression and suicidal ideation as an 18 year old and her experience working in the NSW prison system dealing with child sex offenders and inmates. 

Mel opens up about how dangerous grooming is by both predators and prisoners, the court systems and all the things she wished her parents had done when she was a child. 

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Kristi's book, Operation KidSafe - a detective's guide to child abuse prevention can help parents identify the signs of grooming and child sexual abuse as well as teaching prevention strategies and lessons. Check out the website to purchase.

If any part of the show causes distress, please seek support and help from either the following services or from your own family doctor/psychologist or counsellor. 

Lifeline - 131114

Beyond Blue - 1300 224 636

Sexual Violence Services in WA - 

Service Assisting Male Survivors of Sexual Assault (SAMSSA) - (02) 6287 3935

1800 Respect - 1800 737 732

For more information or resources please visit the CAPE-AU website at