Eva is 16 years old. She has one mission in life – to end sexual violence and to support those who have experienced its devastating effects. This mission is even more important because Eva is dying of cancer.
“When you know your days are numbered, it really makes it clear what matters to you. I really want to make a positive difference that will still be helping people’s lives after I am gone – to give more in life than that I have taken.
More of my friends have been sexually assaulted than not – and they had no one to turn to.”
Eva is inspiring others through her activism towards ending sexual violence.
Sexual violence is something that many people are aware of, but find difficult to talk about. Eva is not afraid to stand up and ask tough questions about sexual violence:
“1 in 3 girls in NZ will be sexually abused, 1 in 7 boys. I’m not OK with that. Are you?”
Eva is using her dying wish to raise awareness of the needs of young people who have experienced sexual violence. She has written an open letter to Social Development Minister Anne Tolley asking her to help create an online space for young people to go to where they can be supported and receive help from trained counsellors.
Eva has also set up a givealittle page to raise funds for HELP, an Auckland charity that works with sexual violence. Her aim is to raise $50,000 by the end of September, 2016. Eva wants “a New Zealand that I can feel safe leaving my loved ones in without me being there to look after them.”