An 18 year old victim who was under the care of Samoa Victim Support Group since late September 2018, has been called home; but not before she shared a message of hope. In tribute to her bravery, SVSG is sharing her message, hoping that it will save another young girl’s life
Rosa’s world was shattered when she was 12. Her experience was a violation of her dignity that caused her to choose either to stay silent and bear a burden beyond her maturity, or speak out and seek freedom. She chose to speak out.
For 6 years, Rosa continued to fight for her freedom; and over those six years, she learnt how to be strong in ways beyond her years. But as years went by, Rosa’s voice grew dim, and the effects of her burden was evidence by her illness.
SVSG noticed from the start that something was not right with Rosa. She was pale and weak. She was angry and bitter. SVSG advocated for justice for her while at the same time, referred her for medical check-up.
We saw the pain she went through; we saw how she wanted to be brave to hide the pain, even up to when she had a stroke late November, which paralyzed her whole left side. She continued to fight; Rosa wanted to live. She had dreams. She had aspirations.
When Rosa was told in December of her possible evacuation to New Zealand for a medical operation, she was hopeful. Rosa had the will to live; however, the medical specialists’ assessment received late January confirmed otherwise.
With the odds against her, Rosa continued to fight for her right to live. Who do we turn to at such hard times? Through prayer, SVSG and its family of supporters throughout the world uplifted Rosa to the God of miracles for His healing. Thank you so much to SVSG’s supporters for the prayers which undoubtedly eased the pain for Rosa, while it makes our journey less lonely.
Thank you also to the Police and the doctors at the National Health Services for all that you have done for Rosa.
Before Rosa passed away, she shared her story in the hope that another child victim of rape would not have to bear the silent burden that she had had to carry – “Let what happened to me ends with me. In a Christian nation, children should grow up safely within their own family environment. I wasn’t. As such, I’m calling on all the parents to please love your children.”
Please share Rosa’s message of hope as a tribute to her life of bravery.
Rosa has boldly given her statement to the Police and her case is coming up in March.
Her funeral services will be held on Thursday, 14thFebruary at 10.00am at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, Fasitoo-uta.
Rest in love dearest Rosa.