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SIE144 Shelter for victims of sexual violence

projectomschrijving

During the civil war between  1991 and 2002, sexual violence was committed against women and girls on a large scale in Sierra Leone. Since then, one in three women in the country face rape. The young, Christian organi­zation AWESSCRV no longer sits idly by and stands up for this vulne­rable group. It  provides shelter, food, medical and legal help for abused girls and women. In addition, AWESSCRV employees offer a listening ear and guidance. Safety and security are the beginning of recovery.

why this project?

The conse­quences for the victims are major. In addition to the high physical risks such as HIV/AIDS  and pregnancies, the psycho­lo­gical and social conse­quences for the victims are enormous. Victims often suffer from depression, post-traumatic stress and shame. They are often held respon­sible, resulting in social exclusion. The shame and social conse­quences cause the girls and women to remain silent.

impact

By providing shelter, food and medical assis­tance to the affected women and girls, they can relax. Legal help and therapy gives them recog­nition and accep­tance from the environment. Education and devel­oping profes­sional skills bring change to their lives. The care by AWESSCRV helps victims to feel like they are part of society (again). And perhaps most impor­tantly, they get justice.

 

what can we learn?

Injustice is of all times and places. Everyone wrongs and is wronged. It is God’s command to do justice. Do we want to listen to others, are we prepared to give and address injustice for those who cannot stand up for their rights?

 

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