South Australian Housing: urgently relocate Willow and her family
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We are an Aboriginal family of three... Me (Ash) and my two teenage daughters, Willow and Karri (not our real names for privacy reasons).
In August last year, Willow, who is 16, was raped by her boyfriend. He lives in the next suburb but his family lives across the road and he visits them frequently.
It was a month before Willow was able to tell me about her experience. As soon as she told me we immediately reported the matter to the police. But she has not been taken seriously and the case did not go to court. The boy who raped her has not been called on to face any consequences. The police accept that Willow was raped but call it 'sex without consent'. Isn't that rape?
Willow's ex-boyfriend and his family have harassed us (shouted at us in the street for example) in the past and Willow feels threatened and is scared to leave the house. She feels she should not have spoken out.
If SAPol won't deal with the offender, I need to get Willow away from him and his family ... a fresh start on the other side of town. We know that SA Housing has priorities but we feel our need is also urgent. Willow is so depressed that some days I feel I am losing her.
I have spoken to SA Housing and they have agreed to move us but have put us on a priority waiting list and it could be at least two years till we can move.
It would really mean so much if we could move and start again, away from the people who harmed Willow and the area where the attack happened.
I keep an immaculate house and this residence could be occupied by another family with no expense to SA Housing. It is in perfect order.
Please help me convince SA Housing to urgently give us a fresh start for the sake of my daughter's health and future.
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