I came into the care of the SHE Rescue Home aged 14 years old following sexual exploitation that occurred in my community. Three perpetrators are in prison while two others remain on the run. I was previously studying in grade 7, however, stopped attending school in order to help my family. I’m looking forward to being able to return to school now that I’m safe and in the care of the home.
When the sexual exploitation occurred I was living with my mother, father, grandmother, and two younger siblings. My grandmother is bedridden, demands full-time care, and is looked after by my parents who also work full-time selling fish in order to make a living.
Being at the SHE Rescue Home means I’m able to return to school and will begin in grade 7. My social workers will work closely with my family in order to teach them about child protection and equip them with better practices preceding my reintegration. Once my court case is closed and perpetrators prosecuted, my social worker will begin the process of reintegration.