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Onscreen, Dallas and 90210 star AnnaLynne McCord radiates pure confidence. But before she found Hollywood success, she survived a

strict, violent upbringing and a sexual assault by a close friend. Now she's speaking out to help other women who don't have a voice.

When I was on 90210 a few years ago, the character I played, Naomi, was raped by someone she knew. I welcomed the story line, thinking it was impor­tant for viewers. I memorized my lines and rehearsed the scenes. I felt ready to go. Then when the cameras were rolling on an intense scene — a fight with an unsupportive friend after the assault — I broke down, sobbing uncontrolla­bly. My castmates thought I had done a great job playing the part. They had no idea that I had actually been sexually assaulted by someone I knew in real life.

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The Khmer New Year 2014 lasts for three days, beginning on 14-15 and 16 April 2014 which is the end of the harvesting season. It is very hot in April. Throughout the Khmer New Year, the Khmer citizens living in Phnom Penh and provincial cities and towns are leaving for their native home villages to enjoy meeting friends and families. Phnom Penh is empty, almost without traffic.

A few days before the New Year, the people prepare food, clean their houses, buy some new clothes and so on. When the New Year's Day comes, they prepare something such as a ceremonial ornament made with a banana tree trunk bake, some flowers and some fruits to welcome and sacrifice to the new angel.

1-Siem Reap center received 2 girls

  • A  14-year old girl from Siem Reap province, victim of rape by her step-father was admitted to the center on 21 January 2014. She was later on sent to Somaly House on 21 March 2014 to continue her study at secondary school in Kompong Cham province. She was referred to AFESIP center by Banteay Srei Organization partner. She told the staff she wanted to move from her home village to where she can feel to be free from local and classmates’ discrimination. It is known that her step-father has escaped to Thailand after her mother filed complaint to local police.

This year as every year, we celebrate the International Women’s Day for residents in shelters aiming at empoweringand raising awareness of the in-centered residents about their fundamental rights as stated in the Cambodia Institution, Chapter 3, article 31 as saying: “The Kingdom of Cambodia recognizes and respects human rights as enshrined in the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human rights and all the treaties and conventions related to human rights, women’s rights and children’s rights.”

Tinara*, an 18-year old girl whose mother is presently an entertainment worker at Phnom Penh’s Toul Kork district one day visited AFESIP Clinic and counseled by a counselor. After a full concentration and being inspired on good services provided by AFESIP Cambodia center, Tinara wanted to visit the center in Phnom Penh to see how she can adapt the environment with her own eyes. Our outreach staff took her and other entertainment women to visit the center. She was warmly welcomed by center staff. After a tour around the center, showing all activities implemented by different units, she finally told our staff: “I love to stay here” and she further said she loved hairdressing skill as it is a good choice for her future. Her mother is happy with her daughter’s decision and thanks AFESIP Cambodia for its great work.     

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