MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – Carissa* woke up sweating from her dream. It had seemed so real. Her little sister Jacqui* had been crying out for help. That's when she knew she had to tell someone about the abuse.
16-year-old Carissa has been living at a government-run children's shelter since she was rescued from her abusive home earlier this year. She meets regularly with her IJM social worker, who is helping her process the abuse she endured from her step-father. An IJM lawyer is helping build a case against the man.