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Lifeline Fiji calls for more awareness on sexual abuse

January 23, 2018 6:30 pm

NGO Lifeline Fiji said they received more than twenty calls last year from adults who claimed they were sexually abused during their childhood.

Lifeline Fiji Services and Training Manager Timaima Rokotagane says according to their analysis, these callers have lived with the trauma which is now affecting the way they treat their families.

Rokotagane says this is a serious issue and they’re working to raise more awareness on sexual abuse.

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“We even have callers calling in now who have been abused as a child so when we look at sexual abuse in a child, holistically, the child is affected physically, mentally and psychologically and if there is no intervention, post-intervention done with the child and an empowerment process to support the child for recovery they will be affected."

Rokotagane adds these callers come from all walks of life seeking counselling to deal with the trauma of sexual abuse which they’ve struggled with all their lives.

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