The South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (SECASA) provides services within the Southern Metropolitan Region of Victoria, Australia to children and adults, both female and male, who have been sexually assaulted. The Centre also works with non-offending family members, partners, caregivers and support workers.
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG)
Just when I think sexual assault services are underfunded and struggling, I meet two inspiring women Lina Chang and Kisa Ao from Samoa who run the only victim support service in the whole of Samoa. They do this without ongoing funding and in the face of opposition from powerful men within their own community. This service has been running since 2005. Since the beginning SVSG has assisted over 400 victims of sexual and physical violence, provided shelter to 300 child victims of sexual crimes and women survivors of violence and their children. SVSG works hard to change community attitudes towards sexual and physical violence and to empower the poor and vulnerable to enable them to speak out about their abuse. We wish them all the best for their future efforts and pledge to offer them any assistance we can.