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Samoan mother warns parents of child grooming

Child grooming and exploitation – it’s an issue that’s been in the media lately and one which has police and child advocates concerned at the number of reported “unwanted sexual incidents” involving young people.

One Samoan mother’s so concerned about the issue, she wanted to share her daughter’s own “near-miss” experiences to illustrate to Pacific families just what can happen.

Warning: this story deals with some sensitive content around sexual abuse.

Where to get help:

If you suspect a child is being abused, call your local police or contact Oranga Tamariki–Ministry for Children on 0508 Family or 0508 326 459
Email: [email protected]
Help Auckland – Auckland Sexual Abuse Help Foundation – 0800 623 1700 (24 hour confidential phone line)
Le Va – Need to talk? Freetext or call 1737 to connect with a trained mental health professional.
Mapu Maia – Freephone 0800 21 21 22
Safe To Talk – Freephone 0800 044 334 (Sexual Harm Helpline)

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