Mother and Children Removed from Shocking Home Environment of Abuse by Husband, Stepfather and Grandfather
When SVSG and the Samoa Police responded to a Helpline call of violence against a mother of three on Good Friday, it revealed a home where the husband was beating his wife, the step-father was sexually abusing an 8 year old and the grandfather was sexually violating a second young girl.
The mother was physically abused by her husband all night, and she had sustained injuries to her face.
She was unable to take care of herself, and had the burden of her children aged 8, 7 and a 5 month old baby.
SVSG says they were tired and hungry when they arrived.
There was an errie look of sadness behind their eyes when the SVSG’s Response Team received them to the Sakura House, the domestic violence shelter for women and children at the Campus of Hope.
SVSG President Siliniu Lina Chang says a concerned neighbour who called the SVSG Helpline became the woman’s voice, and saved her life and that of her children
“The effieciency in coordinating the response by the SVSG and the Police, through its Taskforce, enabled the immediate evacuation of the mother and children to the safety of the Sakura House,” said Siliniu.
“It was during the Police interview of the mother, that the 8 year old daughter’s sexual abuse by the step father was revealed, with the 7 year old son being the main witness..”
“The young boy became a victim of emotional abuse himself,” said the SVSG President.
According to the abused mother, she was aware of her older children’s sexual and emotional abuse by her husband, but she was afraid to speak out for fear of further abuse.
In a shocking environment, it was further discovered that the husband’s father, was also sexually abusing another 10 year old granddaughter in the same home – another niece of the husband.
“As a child protection agency, we are appalled by the animal instincts of adults who prey on their own children, even on a day as significant as Good Friday” said SVSG President, Siliniu Lina Chang.
“With ongoing awareness programs and community intervention to engage our people to be part of the solution, intergenerational cycle of violence takes time to be uprooted and stamped out from our families. And we will not back down, as we continue to advocate and raise awareness on eliminating gender-based violence.”
“Thank you to the Police Commissioner Auapaau Logoitino Filipo for the sincerity and genuine partnership between SVSG and the Police, to save lives..
“Together, we will continue to be the voice of the voiceless, especially the most vulnerable women and children,” added Siliniu.