My name is Helen Walsh and I am a lecturer in law and admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW. I was not involved with this court case, however, I am part of a team that has been supporting the survivors and I am running this campaign with their consent. It is not possible to identify these sisters except to say that they are both known to me, and I undertake that 100% of all funds raised will go straight into the hands of the sisters to spend on their health and education.
Some questions you may have. First, why don't the sisters sue their parents? The parents sold the family home to fund their unsuccessful legal defence. Second, are they entitled to Victims Compensation? Yes, they may be. However there is a cap of $10K. Third, what are the needs of the sisters? As you can imagine, both sisters have complex psychological issues as a result of years of horrendous abuse. Further, they are both utterly without parental support. One sister is studying and has the usual expenses of textbooks, computers and assistance. The other sister works in recreation management, and has significant periods of ill health requiring time off work.
I am more than happy to provide any additional information to potential donors, and provide referees including other lawyers, judicial officers, police officers, medical professionals and counsellors who have all supported the sisters over the years of legal process leading to the conviction.