Sarah was sexually abused by her step-father. The abuse started when she was in primary school and lasted for four years. However, she was not believed by her mother. She lost her dignity, which led her to have suicidal thoughts. She wrote a suicide note which was luckily found. The school she attended contacted the Samoa Victim Support Group. She started living with them at the Campus of Hope. There she wrote a story (“Children of Hope”) about her trauma and her hopes for the future. Sarah also confronted her step-father in court, she fought for justice and her father was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Now she advocates for survivors of gender-based violence.
Nominated by Samoa Victim Support GroupAll 2019 Children’s Peace Prize Nominees