Sexual abuse of children in S'pore: Why one woman did not dare to tell her mum about grandpa's attacks

For years, Sofia Abdullah kept silent, angry and blaming herself for what had happened, afraid that reporting him would tear her family apart. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH
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SINGAPORE - The first time she experienced a French kiss, it was with her grandfather.

From the time she was eight till she was 14, Ms Sofia Abdullah's (not her real name) grandfather would repeatedly sexually violate her in his bedroom - with the door open - while her brother and cousins watched TV outside.

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