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I will never forget the first time I answered a sexual assault hotline and spoke to a woman on the other side of the line. She had just been raped by a family member and her voice shook as she hid in a closet in the basement of her house, yet she bravely stayed on the phone for two hours while we explored how to help her find a path to safety.
The Hawai‘i Children’s Trust Fund partnered with the Joyful Heart Foundation to begin a statewide public awareness campaign called “One Strong ‘Ohana.” The groups will integrate television, radio, online and print public service announcements with grassroots programs, organizers said in a news release.
The study, "Perceptions of Child Abuse and Neglect in Hawaii," found that 47 percent of Hawaii County residents say they know a victim of child abuse. It also found that 89 percent of Big Islanders believe child abuse is a major problem.