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Shine A Light: Survivor Tells: Rape Still Haunts Me

What can I do? I was robbed of my virginity at a very young age. I didn’t know what sex was, but he opened a door in my life that I would never want my daughter or another girl to go through.
22 Aug 2020 12:25
Shine A Light: Survivor Tells: Rape Still Haunts Me

Unless encouraged by family and friends, most sexual abuse victims prefer to take their secret and pain to the grave.

This is despite calls by stakeholders to come out, report the abuse and bring the perpetrators to shame.

Just the thought of “coming out” or to “unload” their experience can be frightening. Sadly for the victims, the shame and stigma are overwhelming.

In this series of The Fiji Sun investigative journalism project Shine a Light, we spoke to a number of sexual abuse victims and survivors.

Their identity remains confidential.

The first sexual abuse victim we highlight today is happily married. Her husband sat with her as she retold her story in between tears.

This is her story:

It has been more than 20 years and I finally get the opportunity to tell another person what I went through when I was only an innocent little girl.

Perhaps it is the right time to do so because the emotional pain is unbearable.

My cousin, my dad’s closest nephew, raped and sexually abused me multiple times over a period of time, at his home – a place I also considered my home.

Even in his primary school uniform, he would force me into his home by calling me from their backdoor, raped me and most of the time, performed sexual acts on me.

What can I do? I was robbed of my virginity at a very young age. I didn’t know what sex was, but he opened a door in my life that I would never want my daughter or another girl to go through.

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TOMORROW: Ivamere Nataro finds voice for another victim who was impregnated by a trusted family friend



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