Stories

Coping Together as a Family

Mina and Johan were leading a happy life together with their 8-year old son. Suddenly, out of the blue, Johan started to behave differently. He would go to bed late at night and play computer games immediately after returning home from work. He would also inexplicably lash out at his

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Feeling Safe at Home Again

Saras was a widowed mother of three adult sons. She was living alone until her middle son, Raj, moved back home with his girlfriend. From the moment Raj moved in, he and his girlfriend harassed and emotionally threatened his mother. They would say hurtful things like “why isn’t this old

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Betraying A Child’s Trust

Kim is 8 years old and like many other children her age, she is a lively and cheerful girl. One day, when her mother returned home from a short trip, Kim disclosed the ordeal she had been facing for nearly three years during her private art lessons. Kim had been

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Drug-fuelled violence in the home

Nurul was a mother of 4 children who enjoyed the first 10 years of her marriage. She had a responsible husband who was a loving father to their children. In their 11th year of marriage, everything changed. Her husband started behaving strangely and became violent. She didn’t understand what was

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Leaving Fear Behind

Laila and her husband Ken were expecting their second child when they opened their house up to Eddie, Ken’s work colleague. Laila and Ken did not have to think twice about welcoming him to their home as they regarded him as their own brother. On the surface, Eddie was the

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Raped and a single mother at 16

Lily knew Joe from a long time ago through one of her friends. Lily was 16, studying in Form 4. Joe was 23 and unemployed. They became good friends. One day, Joe invited Lily to a hotel. Curious about the purpose of the invitation, Lily followed him. “At first, I

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The Online Friend Who Wasn’t

In 2017, I befriended a man through WeChat. I was studying and living in a rented room away from my parents who lived in another town. He started off easygoing and humble but after a few months, his real colours showed. He began to use vulgar words and acting strangely.

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The Uncle Monster

I was in the living room playing with my brother when Uncle came over one day. He sat down and called me over, asking me to sit on his lap. He said he was tired and could I sing to him. As we sang, his hand started moving up my

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She Wanted To See Her Perpetrator

Aini, a four-year-old, was the youngest client referred to me under Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) cases as a WCC social worker. She had agreed to testify in court using video. I praised her for her courage because the accused is her biological father who had raped her. It wasn’t easy

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