The President of the Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG), Siliniu Lina Chang is attending the 16th Hawai`i International Summit on Preventing, Assessing & Treating Trauma Across the Lifespan, from 23 – 26 April 2019.
Accompanying the President is one of the Girl Survivors of sexual offending under the care of SVSG as a residence of the Campus of Hope. Her case was successfully completed in February 2019 with the step father being convicted and sentenced to 17 years imprisonment.
The 16th Hawai`i International Summit is a multidisciplinary gathering of professionals working together to tackle the major issues in fields dealing with violence, abuse, and trauma.
The goals of the Summit includes bringing local, regional, national and international leaders, practitioners, advocates as well as those working on the frontlines with children, adults and families to network and learn from each other. Specifically to the work of SVSG, the Summit looks at multidisciplinary solutions to prevent family violence, child maltreatment, sexual violence and trauma.
Speaking from the Summit, the SVSG President expressed her gratitude to the With and For Girls Award of London, for the opportunity enabling SVSG to be represented at the Summit. “What an opportunity for lifelong learning and networking. Even our proud Girl Survivor is experiencing being ‘out there’, learning and meeting new people at the Trauma & Healing and Growing Leadership Sessions.”
SVSG’s representation to the 16th Hawai`i International Summit is made possible through the ‘Girls Visibility Fund’, a new funding opportunity available to With and For Girls Award Winners. SVSG became a WAFG Award winner in 2016 and continues to be supported by the With and For Girls Collective.