In the 21st Century, we live in a society that is seen to be more accepting of people’s sexuality, age, race, nationality and religion. A diverse society allows communities to thrive. Yet it is only too easy for us to forget how minority groups are still subject to suffering. Having recently read an article based on the Rotherham child exploitation scandal, I was shocked to find that many Asian victims of sexual abuse are often alienated and ostracized by their own culture, religion and even families for the fear of bringing shame to the community of which they are a part. This shame culture has meant that many young Asian girls often suffer in silence, with no one to speak to about their distress. I found myself asking why this is the case when we’re meant to be living in a time of equality free from constraints.
An individual’s language, location, cultural or religious considerations can become the significant barrier that prevents some minority groups from accessing the services and support they need. Young people need to be aware that there are free, confidential and non-judgmental services like No Limits available which can provide the help and support they need. Through working with Right 2B Safe, we offer young people who are at risk of abuse, neglect and sexual exploitation the chance to speak out about their suffering in a safe, confidential environment. If you know of someone who is suffering abuse, or you yourself are suffering, then make sure you speak out. No one should suffer in silence.
Written by Jess Sulzmann