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“To succumb to the enormity of the problem is to fail the one.


Sophea*

 

AGE

13 yrs

AMBITIONS

Still working on it

WELCOMED TO SHE

in 2019

GRADE

Eighth

THINGS SHE LIKES TO DO

Swim & play tennis

FAVORITE FOOD

Chicken soup and oranges

 


ABOUT ME

I am 13 years old, in grade 8 and love the colour pink. My favourite foods are chicken soup and oranges, and for fun I love to swim and play sports like tennis. While living with my grandfather and uncle I had a relationship with a boy and went and went to his house and had sex with him. With my community finding out about it, I was at risk of further sexual exploitation. When my mother found out she reported it to the police, and they brought me to the SHE Rescue Home. 

MY FAMILY

My parents are divorced, and my mother who is a language teacher raises me by herself. I stay with my grandfather and uncle because during the week my mother lives in the city to be close to the school she teaches at. On the weekend she comes to visit me. My mother is worried about me as the perpetrator being a minor, is free and unable to be convicted. 

MY FUTURE

Due to lack of supervision it is not safe to stay with my grandfather and uncle anymore, so my mother wants me to stay at the SHE Rescue Home until we can work out a safer living option. While in the home I will have counselling to help me work through my emotions. I’m not sure what I want to be when I grow up yet, but I still have time to think about it. 


 

*names changed for privacy

Seiha*

Srey Mar*