We have a crisis of epic proportions on our hands.
1 in 3 women experience violence in their lifetime. 1 in 3.
Around the world, even young children are being raped, with devastating impacts on their health and wellbeing.
Decontee* was just six-years-old when she was attacked. Her story is not easy to tell, but it needs to be shared.
It’s a sunny Thursday afternoon outside a safe home in Liberia’s Nimba County. Inside, six-year-old Decontee looks outside the window, as she shares the harrowing story of her horrifying rape at the hands of a 22-year old man. More than a year has passed since the day it happened, but the medical and psychological effects continue to haunt little Decontee.
Because the rape was so violent, Decontee developed a medical condition that left her unable to control her urine and faeces.
“I urinate and toilet on myself sometimes without even knowing, and my stomach still hurts,” she said, with tears in her eyes.
Violence like this is happening to women and girls every day. All across the globe. But this violence is not inevitable – you can help stop it.
We can put an end to the violence, but we must act now. Will you donate by 30 June to support women and girls like Decontee and help stop the violence?
Thanks to people like you, little Decontee was able to find safety, medical care and counselling through a UN Women supported safe home.
When she first arrived at the safe home, anyone could see how broken she was. She didn’t talk and was afraid to tell anyone what happening to her. But over time, Decontee started to open up and overcome her trauma. She began to feel confident to talk about what she is going through and started actively playing with the other children in the safe house.
Today Decontee has hopes for a bright future. “When I get big, I want to be a medical doctor to take care of people,” says Decontee, her face breaking into a smile.
Because of the advocacy and support from community groups in her village, Decontee’s rapist was eventually prosecuted, and sentenced to 20 years prison.
Violence against women and girls shatters lives. But with your help it can be stopped.
*Name changed for privacy reasons.