Emerge has been getting some great press lately, some of which I’ll be sharing with you here over the next two weeks. To read more, click the photos or text below!
From Ceylon Today:
Being children themselves, the teen age girls, victims of sexual assault and rape have no social recognition. Their lives are about shame, stigma and discrimination. Being victims of a grave crime, these children are doubly victimized by the legal system of Sri Lanka. The girls are usually, sent to a home as protective witnesses and then are forced to spend a life of a prisoner while their perpetrators, possible child molesters, are free to roam in the society.
The court cases of these girls supposedly take six months and sometimes are prolonged more than a year, detaining them within four walls cut off from their loved ones. Sadly, some of the court cases are against these girls when their parents reject them and when they are labelled as commercial sex workers by their former partners or boyfriends. With no future hopes, these girls spend alienated and ostracized lives, waiting for love and affection to find them.