Help a Trafficking Survivor Heal From Her Trauma

by Lotus Outreach
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Summary

This project provides professional trauma counseling to shelter-based victims of human trafficking, rape and domestic violence residing at a safe-shelter near the Thai-Cambodian border.
$20,000
total goal
$6,915
remaining
142
donors
4
monthly donors
6
years active

Challenge

Gender-based violence is rampant in Cambodia, where girls are expected to remain chaste until marriage and are generally held in lower regard than boys. Widespread sex trafficking and rape present Cambodian girls with a painful irony: in addition to the trauma of sexual assault and abuse, survivors are often blamed for what has happened to them. Ostracized and shouldering a burden of guilt for having shamed their families, many girls have no where to turn...

Solution

Lotus Outreach gives survivors of sexual violence the opportunity to participate in individual and group counseling in a safe environment so they can heal from their trauma and reclaim their dignity, self-worth and overall mental health. The project also supports the reintegration of the survivors into their communities when that is possible. Another component of the project are start-up awards for adult women to begin their own business and gain the independence that will ensure their safety.

Long-Term Impact

Programs that supply professional counseling for victims of sex crimes are known to reduce related concerns like post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction and suicide. The reintegration of these women, after the healing process they undergo, as productive actors in their communities also benefits Cambodia as a whole. These women become advocates for women's right and undeniable embodiment that the culture that views survivors of violence and trafficking as damaged "goods" is absolutely false.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.lotusoutreach.org
Marie's story: from slavery to freedom
2010 report on sexual violence in Cambodia
A short documentary on our work in Asia

Organization Information

Lotus Outreach

Location: Ojai, California - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.lotusoutreach.org
Project Leader:
Alexandra Land
Ojai, CA United States

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