Marama Davidson: I felt silenced and frozen and ashamed

By Green Party NZ – Green Party NZ, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Ms Davidson spoke in a media interview yesterday about being sexually abused as a girl of eight or nine by an older male distant relative, who had been staying with her family for some time.

She later told 1 NEWS the abuse was “over a period of maybe months to a year or two”.

“I felt silenced and frozen and ashamed and really embarrassed, and have carried that right through my whole entire adult life,” she said.

“And it’s only now that I’m able to talk about it. But I know for a fact that there are many thousands more people who have felt silenced, who haven’t been able to talk about it or have felt very alone.”

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