On coping with sexual abuse

On coping with sexual abuse
Yuimi Vashum author of ‘Love, Lust and Loyalty’ reads from her book during the launching event held at Hiyo Café, Dimapur on May 22. (Morung Photo by Soreishim Mahong)

Yuimi Vashum launches her book ‘Love, Lust and Loyalty’


Morung Express News
Dimapur | May 22


A book titled ‘Love, Lust and Loyalty’ authored by Yuimi Vashum and published by Pen Thrill Publication House was officially launched here in Dimapur at Hiyo Café today. The book is a collection of poems which talks about “coping with sexual abuse as a kid with falling in love and heartbreaks.”


Dr P Ngully, Chairman, Kohima Educational Trust and Member, Forum for Naga Reconciliation who launched the book stated that during his long career and experiences as a psychiatrist, he came across many cases of drug abuse which also led him to realize that many of such cases are also linked to long held trauma against sexual abuses.


Lauding the author, he noted the lines from the ‘serenity prayer,’ God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference adding that she took a courageous step contributing to our people-hood and society.


Yuimi Vashum, who hails from Ukhrul district and an avid blogger, described her book as a forward to her own survival as a child abuse. “Compiled into two sections, the first talks on forgiveness and the second section on Love, Lust and Loyalty,” she opined. She was only seven years that she had gotten into the dreads of sexual abuses, constantly raped and traumatized she held her silence for as long as two decades. She endeared her journey into ‘forgiveness’ and what she found out were the entitlement of every normal being- love, lust and life. She also added that “there is absolutely no shame in honesty.”


Vishii Rita Krocha, Publisher, PTPH noted that a reason to publish the book was because of the sheer brilliance of the book and the other important thing was because it “addresses child abuse very truthfully and boldly.”


Juliana Medom, Assistant State Coordinator, State Resource Centre for Women in convergence with Beti Bachao Beti Padhao also lamented that stories of uncomfortable truths and on ‘women’ are rarely written. She also added that the book needs to reach out to people in plenty and particularly to women, girl children with such confrontation, to strengthen and embolden them. She also highlighted the government undertakings of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Women Helpline- 181, Sakhi-One Stop Centre to ensure protection, timely response and assistance to women and girl children in need.