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Assault on friend sparks terminally ill teen's crusade to help victims of sexual abuse

A young Wellington woman wants to put a stop to sexual violence in New Zealand while she still has time.

Eva McGauley says one in three girls are sexually assaulted by the time they're 16 and has seen the effects of serious sexual violence first hand.

"I had a friend who was sexually assaulted. That made me want to investigate it more," she said.

Help, the support network for sexual abuse survivors says one in three girls in NZ may be sexually abused before they turn 16. Source: Seven Sharp

But there's a reason why she's so motivated to help; because she's dying of a rare type of head and neck cancer.

Miss McGauley has launced an online campaign with a goal of raising $50,000 that would go towards youth services.

She's also developed a new plan for a more user-friendly online based service for victims.

Despite all the pain and pills she wants to do everything she can now to stop sexual assault, for her friends and peers.

"When they told me it was terminal, [I thought] 'crap, I've got less time. I've got to do something quickly'."

"I didn't want to give up on what my goal for life was."


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