Thank you Tatler Asia for the recognition and platform and congratulations to the 19 other nominees who do incredible work educating, empowering and advocating for women and girls throughout Hong Kong. Learn more about all the winners here.
Founder, TALK Hong Kong
Child sexual abuse is public health crisis. And it’s a gendered crime with 85 percent of known cases being girls, 93 percent of known perpetrators being boys/men. That means a disproportionate number of girls start off with a disadvantage and we need to address that from the roots up.
Child sexual abuse effects each and every one of us in society—whether because we have been abused, know someone who is abused or pay taxes into the healthcare systems that treat the much heightened medical costs survivors incur over a lifetime. You and I need to work on that.”
[At TALK Hong Kong] we support survivors of child sexual abuse and help everyone in making evidence-informed responses that best protect as many children as possible from sexual abuse.
What is the greatest challenge you have overcome?
I’m a survivor of incest and figuring out what to do with that pain is a life-long project—the most impactful project of my life.
What impact do you want to make in the next five years?
I want to improve the way we understand and prevent child sexual abuse in Hong Kong. Right now we know very little about it and do not have the resources needed to safeguard the 12 percent of kids in Hong Kong that suffer from sexual abuse. Why? Because we are not talking about it and looking at the facts that would help us plan to protect kids more effectively.
What advice would you share with other women?
Start. That thing you are passionate about? Start it. Don’t wait until it’s perfect. Don’t wait until you are totally ready. If you think of it as a long term project you can start with simple steps and learn along the way. You could change your neighbourhood. You could change the world.