Since less than a week, Association for Population and Development (APD), are running a shelter. A shelter for a girls who have been sexually abused from age 20 days old to 17 years old. Yes you read right. And i have been given a wake up call ever since i first set foot in this shelter.
We are all aware that a lot of girls are sexually abused at a very young age. However, its a different scenario when you interact with these kids. These kids have not been fortunate enough to have the warmth of family and friends. They, instead have been traumatised at an early age.
Children physically impaired, victims of atrocious sexual abuse and rape, with emotional imbalance coming from deprived areas come to this shelter looking to get away from their unstable situations. Some do not know their parents, some have been thrown away from their home and raped by close relatives and have been pushed into child prostitution. These children need support and assistance!
I would appreciate if you could support ‘our’ children and provide any assistance that you deem appropriate. If you know any firm, individual or company who could sponsor our shelter in any manner, please refer to us. If you would like to contribute in any manner, in kind,or voluntary services or you know anyone or company that would be willing to assist, please let me know. We need counselors, psychologists, medical practitioners, educators and other professionals who are willing to spend some of their time with these children on a voluntary basis. These children are in desperate conditions and your presence could relieve them from the suffering and trauma they endured, very often by those whom they trusted and who are supposed to protect them! You would be surprised to know how these young children are gifted in so many ways.
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Wonderful initiative, thank you for this. And it goes without saying anyone would love to assist. I just like to know, however, for what reason is it only focused on girls? God knows boys encounter same kind of abuse, but unfortunately for boys it is seen as less common or even more of a taboo to talk about it. It is not only girls encountering this horrible experiences. Please advise.
Hello Rebecca. Of course boys and men are also sexually abused. The simple reason is that this particular shelter is focus only to young girls. And there are of course other shelters around the island, focused on a different age group and gender.
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